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Wanyama ‘couldn’t sleep at all’ after Spurs UCL loss

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The coronavirus suspension has led to all sorts of interesting stories from cooped-up footballers.

Victor Wanyama is no different, and the current Montreal Impact star opened up to The Athletic on the challenges of the team sheet.

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In addition to speaking about training in his apartment complex — Wanyama said he ran stairs before getting exercise equipment — the ex-Spurs player admitted his fury at being left off the team sheet for the UEFA Chapions League Final versus Liverpool.

There’s also a fairly unique familial connection that made the loss even tougher. From The Athletic:

“I was really, really pissed off not to start that game. And even more pissed off because we didn’t win. I tried to encourage those who played.

“We went back to the hotel after the game. I couldn’t sleep at all. The situation was going around in my head. My brother (McDonald) Mariga was also on the bench in a Champions League final for Inter Milan against Bayern Munich (in 2010). He had to sit on the bench for the full game, so he could relate and understand what I was going through.”

The 52-times capped Kenyan also heaped praise on former boss Mauricio Pochettino, who managed him at both Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, so it’s not like the UCL Final was some sort of final straw.

He’s also one of many to wonder how good Saints could’ve been if the club was able to hang onto its many top players.

“Can you imagine a Southampton team with Virgil van Dijk, Gareth Bale, Sadio Mane, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Toby Alderweireld, Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Dusan Tadic and Rickie Lambert?”

It’s an engaging interview conducted by Andy Mitten, and Wanyama clearly has a personality and a half. He also spoke of his desire to return to Celtic at some point, and his thoughts on Pochettino’s Spurs exit. Check it out here.

Incredible Taidir goal gives Montreal hope despite first leg loss (video)

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The Montreal Impact have a hill to climb if they are to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, but scored a marvelous goal in a 2-1 first leg loss to CD Olimpia in Quebec.

Jerry Bengtson and Jorge Benguche scored for the Honduran side, which will bring a lead and two away goals home.

Montreal out-attempted Olimpia 10-4 and had 67 percent of the ball, but was hit twice on the counter.

The second leg is March 17 in Tegucigalpa.

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Saphir Taidir scored a sensational goal for Montreal to drag them back into the tie.

Former Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama made his Montreal debut in the loss, a week after transferring from Tottenham. He assisted Taidir’s goal.

The winner of the tie will meet the winner of the New York City FC-UANL Tigres quarterfinal.

Spurs sell Victor Wanyama to Henry’s Montreal Impact

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How many of you saw this one coming?

Longtime Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama is headed to Major League Soccer, where he’ll play for Arsenal hero Thierry Henry.

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Spurs announced the move Tuesday evening via their official web site.

The midfielder made 97 appearances for us in all competitions following his move from Southampton in June, 2016, and scored seven times, including the opening goal in our final game at White Hart Lane.

We wish Victor well for the future.

The 28-year-old midfielder has made just four appearances for Tottenham across three competitions this season, and will be the club’s second Designated Player.

In some ways it’s difficult to conceive that Wanyama won’t turn 29 until June. He appeared 97 times for Spurs after making the same number of appearances for Southampton.

He starred with 91 appearances for Celtic before that, and has 52 caps for Kenya with seven goals. It’s an immense signing for Montreal as he’ll help Saphir Taidir and Bojan Krkic bring more impact, pun intended, to Quebec.


LIVE, Africa Cup of Nations – Senegal v. Algeria headlines

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The Africa Cup of Nations group stage is getting very interesting indeed and things are heating up in Groups B and C in Egypt.

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There’s no doubting that the game of the day, and perhaps the entire group stage of the 2019 tournament, sees Senegal clash with Algeria as Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez go head-to-head in Group C to book a spot in the Round of 16.

Elsewhere in Group C, Victor Wanyama‘s Kenya face Tanzania in a battle between two teams who are keen to reach the knockout round as one of the best third-place teams.

In Group B both Madagascar and Burundi have a huge clash, as Nigeria have already qualified from their group with two wins from two but the former two teams will battle it out with Guinea to get out of the group.

Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Thursday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.

2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Thursday, June 27

Group B
Madagascar v. Burundi – 10:30 a.m. ET

Group C
Senegal v. Algeria – 1 p.m. ET
Kenya v. Tanzania – 4 p.m. ET

Liverpool-Spurs draw ends in… (We need a bigger word than controversy)

  • Salah scores very early
  • Wanyama levels with outrageous hit
  • Kane misses questionably-awarded PK
  • Salah dribble wizardry gives LFC lead
  • Kane makes questionably-awarded PK for 100th PL goal

Harry Kane scored a stoppage time penalty after Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a stoppage time lead as Tottenham Hotspur twice came back in a 2-2 Sunday draw at Anfield which handles the terms controversial and thrilling with kids gloves.

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Kane had an early penalty saved by Loris Karius, and both opportunities were both delayed as referee Jon Moss and his linesman debated the awards.

Victor Wanyama‘s 80th minute hammer made it 1-1 after Salah scored off an Eric Dier giveaway in the first three minutes.

Liverpool moves third with the point, two points ahead of fifth place Spurs.

Kane’s goal was his 100th in the Premier League.

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A horrible giveaway from Eric Dier resembled a perfect through ball for Salah. At this point, a giveaway to anyone else shy of Lionel Messi would feel better, and Salah curled around Hugo Lloris to make it 1-0 in the third minute.

Spurs seemed shaky until the quarter-hour mark, and Virgil Van Dijk made a nice block on Heung-Min Son to keep it 1-0.

James Milner hit a gorgeous shot across goal that was only just deflected by a sliding Davinson Sanchez.

Loris Karius made a nice stop on Mousa Dembele before half, and would neat to repeat the feat on Son after the break.

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Christian Eriksen was lively as the second half progressed with Spurs looking the better for the next goal, though Harry Kane and Co. were offside on a number of occasions.

Dele Alli was booked for a dive in the 69th minute.

Liverpool stayed resolute until Emre Can couldn’t get all of his clearance effort, spinning the ball onto the path of Wanyama for an outrageous strike that made it 1-1.

An offside Kane drew a penalty kick following a Liverpool error leading to the striker leaping over a desperate Karius.

After review, the ruling was upheld. Studies have shown delays affect the shooter more than the keeper, and Karius saved Kane’s attempt before the rebound was sliced high and wide.

It was far from over, as Salah’s season-long wizardry continued with a mazy dribble that included an ankle-breaking step past Jan Vertonghen before popping the ball over Lloris.

And then a penalty kick was given against Van Dijk by the linesman. Erik Lamela leapt in front of Van Dijk’s clearing attempt to draw the PK, but only moments after the Reds finished their clearance.

Kane didn’t miss this time.

Take it away with some top class Super Bowl banter, Men in Blazers: