Whenever Lionel Messi so much as heaves a sigh, the world sits up and takes notice. So when the Barcelona superstar started heaving more than just air, naturally he attracted plenty of attention.
Not even ten minutes had passed in the match in Bucharest on Wednesday evening when Messi stopped short, bent over and began vomiting – not the first time it’s happened to the Argentine. But the episode didn’t last long, with Leo soon back running around, trying his best to hamper the Romanian defense. Alas, he had little luck. Romania and Argentina played out a goalless draw, and most forgot about the match entirely.
But not fans of the superstar, or of Barcelona. Or fans hoping that Argentina makes a big run in this summer’s World Cup. Messi was throwing up. Something was up. And it wasn’t good.
Relax. “It’s no big deal; it’s happened to me before,” Messi said. The Argentina team doctor also stressed that there was nothing to worry about, that such reactions are common in sport: “One cause can be physical and/or mental strain. The change in time zones – jet lag – and changes in diet also take a toll. Sometimes when people change their eating habits, it can trigger intolerance, leading to nausea and vomiting.”
Messi himself had his own theory behind why he was once again ill on the pitch: “Sometimes I accelerate very fast and the change in air intake that involves causes me to heave. I felt completely fine at the end of the match.”
Barcelona are currently one point behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race, edging Atlético Madrid by just two points. Saturday’s clash with Real Valladolid, currently in the relegation zone, likely doesn’t worry them much, but supporters will be hoping Messi holds it together when Manchester City pay a visit to Camp Nou for their Champions League clash midweek.
Liverpool’s disappointing result in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final can be chalked up to many factors, but all anyone will ever remember is Loris Karius‘ performance… and the goalkeeper knows it.
Karius issued this series of tweets on Sunday, declaring his disappointment from the team’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, as well as an apology to the supporters and his entire club.
Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again… I'm infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down… pic.twitter.com/w9GixPiQDC
…Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game. I don't take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.
Of the two errors Karius made, the Real Madrid equalizer from Karim Benzema was certainly the more glaring.
After receiving the ball on a routine grab, Karius rushed his distribution from goal while Benzema read the play perfectly and stepped in front of the throw to get a foot on the ball.
The ball then deflected into the back of the Liverpool net, and changed the complexion of the match drastically.
While Karius’ mistakes cannot, and won’t, go unnoticed, the Reds were still reeling from Mohamed Salah‘s gruesome shoulder injury in the first half — which leaves the Egypt international’s availability uncertain for the summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Rotherham United defeated Shrewsbury Town, 2-1, in extra time on Sunday at Wembley Stadium to reach the Championship.
Regulation wasn’t enough to decide the League One playoff final, but Richard Wood brace ensured his side, Rotherham, would reach the English second division ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Wood did superbly to volley home his squad’s second goal in the first half of extra time, after a brilliant Joe Newell set piece curled into the path of the defender.
Shrewsbury equalized around the hour mark when Alex Rodman calmly placed the ball beyond goalkeeper Marek Rodak from close ranger after a perfectly-executed set piece that caught the Millers off guard.
The first half went largely in favor Rotherham though, having taken the lead in the 32nd minute through Wood’s header to the bottom left corner.
The lead should have been larger though heading into halftime, but David Ball’s early penalty kick was saved by Shrews keeper Dean Henderson in the ninth minute to keep the match scoreless at the time.