Offshore drilling, Mexico: at Santos Laguna 2 (6), Jaguares de Chiapas 1 (4)


Man of the Match: For the last hour of the match, Juan Pablo Rodríguez asserted control of a quarterfinal that had been anarchic. While that anarchy was entertaining for fans (giving us nine goals in just 106 minutes), it wasn’t in the best interest of Santos. After an nearly Santos goal made it 5-4, the 32-year-old central midfielder dictated the pace of the game, often spraying the ball around from a deep position, keeping Jaguares chasing the match.

Santos entered today’s second leg up 4-3 after winning in Chiapas mid-week.

Packaged for takeaway:

  • So much for the superlíder curse. The hex on the qualification stage’s winner has been exorcised by Santos, who become the first top seed since the 2009 Apertura to move past the first round.
  • After seven minutes, it didn’t look so promising, with Jaguares finding a quick equalizer. A series of crosses through the area collapsed the Santos defense, allowing Jaguares to play back to midfielder Armando Zamorano for a relatively easy score from near the edge of the area. Santos goalkeeper Oswaldo Sánchez appeared partially screened by his deep-lying defenders.
  • Nine minutes later, Santos would restore their advantage, with Carlos Darwin Quintero playing wide to Jorge Estrada then running to the front of goal to receive the defenders’ return pass for an easy tap it.
  • But it wasn’t until near-20 minutes later that Santos affirmed control of the match. To that point, it had been an open if cagey affair, but in the 34th minute, Santos started exhibiting a comfort standing on the ball, kicking it around and stringing together passess rather than sprinting directly on goal. They were willing to control the game without making it into a track meet.
  • And a large part of the credit for that does to Rodríguez, who put in the work to made sure his attackers at that next level had an outlet before they were closed down, whether that be Quintero, Daniel Ludueña or Christian Suárez.
  • The control paid off in the 38th minute when Oribe Peralta, taking a pass from the left, cut back toward the penalty spot, leaving Ismael Fuentes on the ground in the right of the area. Turning on his right leg, the Mexican international blasted the insurance tally past Edgar Hernández, providing for the final score.
  • Felipe Baloy deserves a nod, too. It was as if a switch was flipped, late in the first half. On consecutive Jaguares attacks, he dispossessed Jackson Martínez and Luis Gabriel Rey, muscling Chiapes’s big two off the ball. The message was clear: Jaguares, your fun is over. And they didn’t score gain.
  • As was reiterated numbers times on the broadcast, this is expected to be Martínez’s last match with Jaguares. The Colombian striker is expected to move this summer, presumable to Liverpool.
  • Jaguares came out in the second having changed from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3, though the change only made things worse. In theory, is made sense to add another attacker so Baloy and Aaron Galindo couldn’t neutralize Martínez and Rey; however, with one less midfielder, a disconnect developed between attack and defense. Even when Jaguares were able to get into attack by playing long for Martínez, their attackers had no support.
  • Though it took them near 120 minutes to assert control of the quarterfinal, Santos looked like the number one seed by the 180th minute. When Baloy asserted himself, he gave us a vision of how Santos can claim this title.
  • Their next opponent? Tigres, in a rematch of the Apertura’s final matchup.

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UEFA Champions League Final: Key battles for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Manchester City’s quest for the treble hits its final obstacle when Inter Milan goes toe-to-toe with the Premier League and FA Cup champions in Istanbul at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Pep Guardiola’s weren’t at their very best against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final and still walked away with its second trophy of the season.

But City’s final two Premier League matches saw dropped points. The stakes were non-existent and the team quite changed by Guardiola, who’s known to fancy a tactical wrinkle. How will things change this weekend?

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It would be stunning if Inter boss Simone Inzaghi came out in anything but a 3-5-2, which has been his go-to formation for Inter Milan this season regardless of opponent.

But might Inzaghi have something up his sleeve?

Inter’s only losses in the Champions League came in the group stage versus Bayern Munich. Add in their setbacks in Serie A and there’s still been no standard recipe for beating Inter. There isn’t one for Man City, either, of course.

Kevin De Bruyne vs Marcelo Brozovic

If there’s a single player capable of messing with Pep Guardiola’s plan to control the game and get the ball to his creators in dangerous spots, it’s Croatian veteran Marcelo Brozovic. The 30-year-old is a force who can both be the club’s metronome and break up the opposition’s best attacks. There are few players in the world like De Bruyne, but he needs to be found in space and City needs the ball to do that. Brozovic can be a big part of limiting both of those things.

Erling Haaland vs Francesco Acerbi

Maybe the two names need to be switched in order, because Acerbi is going to have his hands full with Haaland. The question is whether the 35-year-old Acerbi, still very good but no longer in his prime, can use his nous and vast experience to limit Haaland’s chances to do the exceptional. Haaland, meanwhile, just has to be himself. Ask yourself who’s being asked more.

Andre Onana vs Man City’s attack

Picking one player, even Haaland or De Bruyne, for this battle is unfair to the exercise because let’s be real. There is no chance that Inter Milan wins this game without a supreme moment or two from its goalkeeper. Andre Onana has played every Champions League match for Inter and has had his fair share of outstanding performances. He’s outperformed expected goals on target by 6.7 goals over the course of the tournament.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

Dates: 3pm ET June 10, 2023
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How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+

What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


Champions League Final odds (Betting odds provided by our partner, BetMGM )

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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


UEFA Champions League odds, predictions for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Erling Haaland to score a goal at -165? Man City to win at -200?

Yep, Manchester City are the clear favorites to win the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul on Saturday, and the oddsmakers are daring prognosticators to select Inter Milan as treble-ruining upstarts.

In fact, Haaland’s odds to bag a brace, at +350, are better than most players’ odds of scoring at all, with the Norwegian forward’s running mates all around him.

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The only Inter Milan player inside the top ten best odds to score on Saturday is Lautaro Martinez, with “no goal scorer” appearing before the next Inter player’s name arrives on the list (Romelu Lukaku).

How about a correct score? The most likely outcomes are, in order according to BetMGM, 1-0 Man City, 2-0 Man City, and 1-1 after 120 minutes.

And if Inter wins, the odds suggest that 1-0 is the likeliest finish (although 0-0 has better odds).

Champions League Final odds

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Inter Milan (+500) vs Man City (-200) | Draw (+333)

Over/under: Over 3.5 goals (+200). Under 3.5 goals (-275)

Man City to lift the trophy (-450)

Inter to lift the trophy (+275)

Both teams to score (-110)

Champions League Final predictions

Inter Milan is going to surprise many with its quality of play and may even get on the board, but it’s difficult to predict anything but a Manchester City win, isn’t it? Let’s call it a fitting three goals for the treble winners, with Inter nabbing one to keep it interesting in Istanbul.