world soccer 22.11.2017 05:40 pm

Smalling ‘nothing to prove’ as he bids to regain England place

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says he has nothing to prove despite the shock of losing his England place and seeing his ability publicly questioned by manager Gareth Southgate.

The 27-year-old, capped 31 times for England, was overlooked for recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil because of concerns over his passing despite impressing for United this season.

Smalling ‘nothing to prove’ as he bids to regain England place
Smalling ‘nothing to prove’ as he bids to regain England place

Smalling ‘nothing to prove’ as he bids to regain England place

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says he has nothing to prove despite the shock of losing his England place and seeing his ability publicly questioned by manager Gareth Southgate.

Carvajal faces ban for ‘deliberate’ yellow card
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Carvajal faces ban for ‘deliberate’ yellow card

Dani Carvajal could be banned for the Real Madrid’s Champions League last 16 first leg after UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the right-back for “receiving a yellow card on purpose” during Tuesday’s 6-0 rout of APOEL Nicosia.
Rose ‘angry but understanding’ after Spurs snub
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Rose ‘angry but understanding’ after Spurs snub

Tottenham’s Danny Rose said he was left “fuming” by his north London derby snub but insists he understood the decision and has not fallen out with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Berizzo to continue at Sevilla despite cancer shock
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Berizzo to continue at Sevilla despite cancer shock

Spanish football rallied round Sevilla’s Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo on Wednesday after the club confirmed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer a day after his side staged a dramatic Champions League comeback against Liverpool.
Bafana striker shares his rags to riches story
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Bafana striker shares his rags to riches story

Bafana Bafana and Qarabag striker Dino Ndlovu has explained how he had to sleep at a train station toilet so that he could attend trials in Johannesburg.
Ronaldo hits brace as Real surge into last 16
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Ronaldo hits brace as Real surge into last 16

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both scored twice as holders Real Madrid crushed APOEL 6-0 in Nicosia on Tuesday to seal a place in the Champions League last 16.
Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead
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Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.
Socceroos coach Postecoglou quits ahead of football World Cup
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Socceroos coach Postecoglou quits ahead of football World Cup

An emotional Ange Postecoglou said Wednesday he will not take Australia to the World Cup next year after a lengthy qualification campaign, leaving the team just months to find a new coach for Russia.
Seattle on brink of MLS final as Houston crash
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Seattle on brink of MLS final as Houston crash

Defending champions Seattle Sounders put one foot in the final of the MLS Cup on Tuesday after outclassing Houston Dynamo 2-0 in the first leg of their Western Conference Championship game.
Spurs down Dortmund to win Group H
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Spurs down Dortmund to win Group H

Tottenham Hotspur clinched top spot in Champions League Group H after goals by Son Heung-min and Harry Kane sealed their 2-1 comeback win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Liverpool not mentally weak despite Sevilla surrender: Klopp
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Liverpool not mentally weak despite Sevilla surrender: Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended his side’s mental strength despite crumbling under the pressure of an inspired second-half Sevilla comeback to throw away a three-goal lead in Spain on Tuesday.
Guardiola targets Champions League milestone
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Guardiola targets Champions League milestone

Pep Guardiola set Manchester City the target of becoming the first English club to win all six of their Champions League group matches after they secured top spot in Group F.
Insigne spark keeps Napoli hopes alive
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Insigne spark keeps Napoli hopes alive

Italy reject Lorenzo Insigne’s second-half wonder strike opened the floodgates as Napoli kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
RB Leipzig destroy Monaco to aid last 16 hopes
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RB Leipzig destroy Monaco to aid last 16 hopes

Devastating RB Leipzig boosted their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday by taking Monaco apart 4-1 with a four-goal first-half demolition that saw them draw level on points with second-place Porto in Group G.
Rakitic would give World Cup spot to Buffon
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Rakitic would give World Cup spot to Buffon

Barcelona’s Croatian international Ivan Rakitic said Tuesday he would love to tell Italian goalkeeping great Gianlugi Buffon to take his place in the 2018 World Cup.
I’m sure Messi will stay: Barcelona’s Rakitic
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I’m sure Messi will stay: Barcelona’s Rakitic

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic expressed his confidence on Tuesday that Lionel Messi would sign a new contract to stay at the Camp Nou.
Valverde revisits defeat to prepare for Juve clash
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Valverde revisits defeat to prepare for Juve clash

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted on Tuesday that he watched last season’s 3-0 defeat by Juventus “over and over” to prepare for their Champions League return to Turin on Wednesday.
Late Maribor goal hits Spartak knockout hopes
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Late Maribor goal hits Spartak knockout hopes

Spartak Moscow’s hopes of earning a place in the Champions League last 16 suffered a damaging blow on Tuesday as they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Maribor.
Neymar nocturnal antics no worry to PSG coach as Celtic arrive
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Neymar nocturnal antics no worry to PSG coach as Celtic arrive

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian superstar was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.
Griezmann crisis of confidence affecting Atletico Madrid – Simeone
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Griezmann crisis of confidence affecting Atletico Madrid – Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted star forward Antoine Griezmann’s lean spell in front of goal has had a profound effect on the Spanish giants’ stuttering start to the season.
Paris return set to inspire Celtic’s Dembele – Rodgers
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Paris return set to inspire Celtic’s Dembele – Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers thinks Moussa Dembele will go on to become one of the best strikers in the world and he is hoping the Frenchman will thrive against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
Former Italian football head denies harassment
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Former Italian football head denies harassment

Former Italian football chief Carlo Tavecchio has denied claims of sexual harassment made by a former executive of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) that were published in Italian media on Tuesday.
Burnley install anti-terror barriers
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Burnley install anti-terror barriers

Burnley became the first Premier League club to install security barriers to protect fans from Nice-style terrorist attacks at the weekend.
German FA told to compromise or scrap China U20 friendlies
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German FA told to compromise or scrap China U20 friendlies

German football authorities have been told to find a compromise with the visiting China Under-20 team over the issue of pro-Tibet protests, or scrap their remaining friendlies.
FIFA bans three disgraced officials for life
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FIFA bans three disgraced officials for life

FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday slapped lifetime bans on three former world football executives who have all pleaded guilty to corruption charges in US courts.
WATCH: Patrice Evra pulling a car up the road
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WATCH: Patrice Evra pulling a car up the road

French international Patrice Evra has posted a video of himself pulling a Jeep up the road.

fixtures

FS Stars vs Chippa Utd
P Stars vs Celtic
AmaZulu vs Chiefs
P City vs Maritzburg Utd

results

Wits 0-2 Sundowns
Pirates 0-0 Arrows Utd
CT City 1-1 Baroka
Pirates 1-3 Sundowns

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Baroka FC 11 18
2 Golden Arrows 11 16
3 Cape Town City 10 16
4 Mamelodi Sundowns 8 15
5 Bloem Celtic 9 15
6 Orlando Pirates 11 15
7 Kaizer Chiefs 10 14
8 Chippa United 10 14
9 AmaZulu 9 12
10 Free State Stars 9 11
11 SuperSport United 5 10
12 Polokwane City 10 10
13 Maritzburg United 8 9
14 Ajax Cape Town 9 8
15 Bidvest Wits 10 8
16 Platinum Stars 10 7

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