Wagner praises “proper Terriers reaction” and fans

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David Wagner was beaming after Huddersfield Town’s hard-fought 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Huddersfield won the game thanks to Rajiv Van la Parra‘s stunning goal in the first half and their fighting spirit after Christopher Schindler was sent off early in the second half.

Speaking to the media after the game, Wagner said the gutsy display was one of the highlights of his entire two years in charge of the Terriers.

“Today was one of the highlights of my two years here,” Wagner said. “The players totally deserved the win and had a long way to go after the red card, but the players showed a proper ‘Terriers’ reaction. The crowd played their part in getting the result over the line; they were unbelievable again. We showed team spirit, fighting spirit and the ability to defend. The game’s story makes it one of our biggest wins.”

Huddersfield secured back-to-back wins in the top-flight for the first time since 1971 and they’ve now won four games in the Premier League and gained 15 points to nestle themselves safely into midtable after 11 games of their debut campaign in the PL.

It’s all going very nicely for German-American coach Wagner who is getting the best out of his players and the synergy between the staff and the fans is incredible after the home fans helped push their short-handed side over the line late on against West Brom.

The win in a game they simply had to win to keep their feel-good factor going, was also largely down to their goalkeeper who Wagner ran straight towards at the final whistle.

Jonas Lossl came up with big saves to deny James McClean and Matt Phillips late on and the Huddersfield ‘keeper was mobbed by players and staff at the final whistle.

In a nutshell, this game summed up exactly why Huddersfield gained promotion to the Premier League and also why they’re doing such a fine job early in the season.

With Wagner’s two-year anniversary of taking charge of Huddersfield coming up on Sunday, he can reflect on an incredible journey so far.

Tunisian player who collapsed in Spain regains consciousness

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MADRID (AP) Spanish third-division club Toledo says a Tunisian player who collapsed from heart failure during practice 10 days ago has regained consciousness.

The club says doctors removed sedative medication and Lassad Nouioui was responding well to treatment on Monday.

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They will consider removing the 32-year-old Nouioui from the intensive care unit if his condition keeps improving. Nouioui has played for a number of clubs during his 14-year professional career, notably a four-year stay at Deportivo La Coruna and a one-year spell with Celtic.

Nouioui collapsed on April 14.

The game against Real Madrid B the following day was postponed because of the problem with Nouioui.

FIFA force pace on $25B Club World Cup, global league plan

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GENEVA (AP) FIFA is forcing the pace on talks over a $25 billion offer to revamp the Club World Cup and create a global national team competition.

FIFA says President Gianni Infantino hosted a meeting last Friday with invited officials from some top European clubs.

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The European Club Association has strongly opposed FIFA’s hope for a four-yearly club tournament starting in 2021, which could rival the UEFA-organized Champions League.

UEFA has also proposed a Global Nations League. A similar project is tied to the FIFA-controlled $25 billion, 12-year offer from a consortium including investors from Saudi Arabia and China.

FIFA says it’s holding “informal ongoing discussions with different stakeholders on the topic of the future Club World Cups.”

Infantino is set to meet confederation presidents and general secretaries “in the near future,” FIFA says.

Video: De Rossi, Roma make classy visit to Hillsborough memorial

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On many occasions there are instances where teams and individuals exemplify the fact that real-life occurrences are more meaningful than sports.

Ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting, Italian giants AS Roma visited Anfield –where they will face Liverpool in the competition’s semifinals.

After walking around the venue where the two sides will compete in less than 24 hours, Roma captain Daniele de Rossi and the rest of the Roma squad visited the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield to pay tribute to the 96 victims lost in the 1989 event that rocked the entire country.

De Rossi was seen laying a floral arrangement on the site, along with a note from the club that read, “In memoria delle vittime di Hillsborough AS Rome.”

Liverpool, Roma ride major emotions into the UCL semifinals

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Four clubs remain in this season’s UEFA Champions League competition, and while two of the teams have been considered heavy dogs in the fight all year long the other two sides look to continue on their storybook run.

Liverpool, Roma, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have found themselves in the semifinals of this season’s UCL, creating a strong mix of storylines as the tournament heads towards its most critical point.

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Anfield will be the site for Tuesday’s first leg between Liverpool and Roma, with both sides still riding major highs from their victories in the last round.

The Reds enter the final four after having disposed of fellow Premier League side Manchester City in relatively dominating fashion. Meanwhile, Roma completed a seemingly impossible comeback against Barcelona to progress in the competition.

Liverpool is led by three of the year’s top goalscorers, including Mohamed Salah — who has scored eight goals in the UCL and 41 across all competitions.

For Roma, much of the side’s success has been predicated on finding defensive strength at the right moments throughout the tournament.

Despite falling behind 4-1 in their first leg defeat to Barca in the previous round, Edin Dzeko and Co. rallied for a 3-0 win at the Stade Olimpico to stun the Catalan club by holding Lionel Messi and his side in check.

Manager Eusebio Di Francesco will have to find creative ways to halt the Liverpool attack though over the course of two legs, with the Reds boasting the top attack in this year’s UCL.

Liverpool has scored 33 goals in 10 UCL matches, while only conceding seven in the process.