Those watching the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Benfica will think less about the final score and more about the health of Benfica striker Facundo Ferreyra.
Despite the 2-1 victory for Juventus, the focus of the preseason match will be on Ferreyra’s status after the 27-year-old Argentinian was stretchered off with a head injury in the 40th minute.
With the scoreline still untouched, Ferreyra went up for a headed defensive clearance and caught teammate Jardel on his leap, and the slow-motion replay appeared to show Ferreyra’s head clip the back elbow of Jardel on the way down. He appeared to be unconscious on the pitch as the medical team rushed on, and received lengthy treatment before being stretchered off.
Ferreyra signed for Benfica just this summer on a free transfer from Ukranian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. He had gone out on loan to English club Newcastle for the 2014/15 season but did not make a single appearance.
The injury marred what otherwise would have been a game remembered for its goals. A drab first half gave way to a second half that featured two fantastic strikes, including one from 21-year-old Luca Clemenza that would win it for Juve late. The Juventus youth product skipped expertly between a pair of defenders just inside the top-right corner of the box before whipping a stunning left-footed cannon that clipped the underside of the bar and went in.
ROME (AP) Shakhtar Donetsk player Facundo Ferreyra has apologized for pushing a ballboy during Tuesday’s Champions League loss at Roma.
Shakhtar’s Twitter account quotes Ferreyra as saying, “I’m really sorry for what happened. That’s football, it was a very emotional moment in the match. There was no evil intent on my part.”
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A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Ferreyra pushed the ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him. Ferreira was shown a yellow card.
Roma won 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.
Facundo Ferreyra and Fred scored second half goals to lead Shakhtar Donetsk past AS Roma 2-1 at the Donbass Arena in Wednesday’s first leg of the clubs’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Cendig Under scored his fifth goal in four matches as AS Roma did manage an away goal before the March 13 second leg in Rome.
Fred has been linked with a summer move to Man City, and the banger of a free kick showed part of the reason the Brazilian is in demand.
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Roma is bidding to make its first UEFA Champions League quarterfinal since 2007-08 when they went out at the hands of Manchester United, while Shakhtar last made the quarters only to be dismissed by Barcelona in 2010-11.
Ukrainian backstop Andriy Pyatov had an early save on Edin Dzeko off a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov, two minutes after Kolarov mailed a free kick over the bar.
Kolarov and Dzeko remained big parts of the story line, though Pyatov and the Shakhtar defense stood tall.
Dzeko would wind up assisting the opener, and it was the in form Under who’d bury his chance.
Not soon after the break, though, Yaroslav Rakitskiy cued up Ferreyra for the equalizer.
And Fred but the hosts ahead with this outstanding free kick, what they’d call a “bar down bingo” in hockey.
Unsettled by the situation in war-torn Ukraine, a Shakhtar Donetsk player has found his way to the Premier League.
Newcastle United confirmed on Sunday what’s been rumored for days: Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra is joining the Magpies on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old, known as ‘Chucky’, joins up with good friend Fabricio Coloccini, who was apparently a big part of convincing Ferreyra to move to Northeast England.
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Ferreyra scored six goals for Shakhtar in just 854 minutes over 22 appearances last season after moving from Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield, where he struck 17 times in 25 games.
From Newcastle United’s official site:
Ferreyra said: “I am very pleased to sign for Newcastle United. I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me, it was a very easy decision to make.
“I spoke to my friend Fabricio Coloccini, and when he told me about the Club, I didn’t need to think twice.”
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said: “Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio (Coloccini), and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle.
“This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly-regarded in Argentina. He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that here at Newcastle United.”
Ferreyra joins a revitalized Newcastle attack that picked up Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax) and Ayoze Perez (Tenerife) this summer.
West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are all in the headlines this morning after securing new talent ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League season.
The Magpies have picked up Argentine striker Facundo “Chucky” Ferreyra on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk, according to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder amongst others. Ferreyra, 23, recently refused to return to Donetsk due to the unrest in Ukraine, and will make the move to Newcastle. It’s understood that the Magpies will look to add another striker, and that the move for Ferreyra includes a permanent buy option.
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The Hammers will reap a cross-London loan move from Arsenal, as in-demand defender Carl Jenkinson will don maroon this season. At 22, Jenkinson will be moving from a Gunners side that picked up positional competitors Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle and Callum Chambers from Southampton.
Tony Pulis has made another shrewd move in London, as the manager has scooped longtime Fulham defender Brede Hangeland. The 33-year-old was a mainstay for the Cottagers before the London club was relegated after last season.