Game Recap - Soccer Wiretap

Neymar Accuses Marseille Defender Of Racist Comments

Sep 13, 2020 9:12 PM

Neymar accused Marseille defender Alvaro of making racist comments during PSG's 1-0 loss in an ill-tempered match.

The match finished 9 v 8, with Neymar, Leandro Paredes, Laywin Kurzawa, Dario Benedetto, and Jordan Amavi red-carded in stoppage time.

"VAR catching my 'aggression' is easy. Now I want to see the image of the racist calling me a 'monkey motherf---er'... this is what I want to see!" Neymar tweeted after the match. 

PSG sporting director Leandro criticzed referee Jerome Brisard for not keeping control of the match.

"A total of 14 cards were brandished and five of them were red, which means the match got out of control.

"[Brisard] lost his head. He officiated the League Cup final but he doesn't have the experience for this kind of fixture."


Tags: Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain, Game Recap

Quique Setien Says He Will Not Resign As Barcelona Manager

Jul 18, 2020 2:03 PM

Quique Setien said he has not thought about resigning from his Barcelona position despite Lionel Messi's outburst calling the team "inconsistent" and "weak."

Setien added that he was looking forward to proving himself in the Champions League.

"Some things we agree on and other things we don't. [Messi] is right to say that if we play as badly as we have done in some games, we won't win anything.

"But we have also played well in other games and, playing like that, we could win things. We have to be more consistent. If we manage to play as we did against Villarreal, we could win the Champions League," said Setien.

Setien had a meeting with Josep Bartomeu following Barcelona's 4-2 loss to Osasuna on Friday.

"It's normal that there are meetings of this type. We are all restless to improve. We try to look for solutions to change things and that's what the meeting was about."

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Tags: Barcelona, Game Recap, UEFA Champions League

Sergio Ramos: Refs Not Responsible For Real Madrid Winning

Jul 5, 2020 2:06 PM

Sergio Ramos said that Real Madrid were not receiving favorable calls from the refs following their 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Ramos scored a penalty in the match, his 10th goal of the season.

"We aren't going to win or lose the league thanks to referees. Whoever has made mistakes and hasn't achieved their objectives should be critical of themselves. It isn't down to referees that Real Madrid are first," said Ramos.

Zinedine Zidane said that discussions surrounding the refs were taking away from his side's achievements.

"I'm tired of it. It's as if we only win games because of the referees. People should respect Real Madrid and what the players are doing on the pitch."

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Tags: Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid, Game Recap

Neal Maupay Says Arsenal Players Need To Learn Humility After Win

Jun 20, 2020 10:57 PM

Brighton striker Neal Maupay said that Arsenal players need to "learn humility" after his side's 2-1 win.

“Some of Arsenal’s players need to learn humility, maybe sometimes. They have been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up. They got what they deserved," said Maupey.

Maupay, who scored the match-winning goal in the 94th minute, was involved in a late challenge that injured Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.

Several Arsenal players targeted Maupay after the match.

“I just went for the ball, I am that type of player. I don’t want to stop until the referee blows the whistle. I never meant the injury. I apologised at half-time to their staff and their manager. [Mikel Arteta] told me it is football, he saw the video and he knows I did not mean to hurt him. I wish him a speedy recovery.”

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Tags: Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal, Game Recap

Erling Haaland Say Gio Reyna Is The 'American Dream'

Jun 20, 2020 6:24 PM

Erling Haaland called Gio Reyna the "American Dream" following Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win over RB Leipzig.

Reyna assisted Haaland opening goal. 

"I called him the American dream before and that's true. He is 17 years old and what he was doing on the pitch today was amazing. He has a huge future in front of him," said Haaland.

The win secured Dortmund second place in the Bundesliga.

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Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Game Recap

Zinedine Zidane: Refs Are Not Favoring Real Madrid

Jun 20, 2020 6:18 PM

Zinedine Zidane hit out against Gerard Pique's claim that the refs were favoring Real Madrid in the title run.

Pique's comments were in reference to VAR ruling out Valencia's opening goal against Madrid.

"No. I am very direct. I don't think so. People can say one thing or another. What I am interested in is the game tomorrow. I have my opinion, but I won't tell you what I think about Pique or anyone," said Zidane.

Zidane also said that he will continue to bring Marco Asensio along slowly following his season debut. 

"We have to go step-by-step [with Asensio]. We must stay calm. We are ambitious, but we can't forget he has been out for 10 months and that's a long time."

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Tags: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Game Recap

Bruno Fernandes Says Pep Guardiola 'Didn't Respect Me'

Mar 14, 2020 2:09 PM

Bruno Fernandes spoke of his brief confrontation with Pep Guardiola during Manchester United's 2-0 win over Manchester City. The midfielder gestured towards the City manager to be quiet.

"I am so respectful of Pep and what he's won and what he did for football but at that moment, he didn't respect me and he didn't deserve my respect," said Fernandes of the moment.

"But for me, it doesn't matter what happens on the pitch, now we're out of it and it's past. I have respect for him, so it doesn't matter what he said."

United are unbeaten in 11 matches, with Fernandes adding that there is still room for improvement.

"I see the same team from one month ago. I think we are the same and have a lot of hunger to win, to give a lot, to do better and better in every game.

"In the last month, we've had a lot of really good games and I think we can talk about a new start after Bruno, but it's not about Bruno, it's about the team.

"A team changes when everyone pushes together for the same side. When I arrived, I saw the team pushing for the same side and to win games, get better and I'm another player to help."


Tags: Manchester City, Manchester United, Game Recap

Gerard Pique: No Problem With Barca Assistant Eder Sarabia

Mar 8, 2020 2:02 PM

Gerard Pique said that the team has no problems with Barcelona assistant manager Eder Sarabia.

Sarabia has come under scrutiny due to his emotional outbursts on the touchline.

"When the club is being weak, these types of things rise up. A few weeks ago, the talk was about the players not having a huddle before the game and it was because of the change of coach, just like the warm-up was different. It's the same thing. [Sarabia's behaviour] is completely normal," said Pique.

"The assistant coach is full of adrenaline, it's all completely normal for us. The boss apologised and we told him that it wasn't because of us; in any case it was because of the image of the club. We really don't care; in fact, we like that there's intensity in the dugout and they're living [the game] too."

Barcelona returned to the top of the table following a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. 


Tags: Barcelona, Real Sociedad, Game Recap

Pep Guardiola: Phil Foden 'Can Achieve Whatever He Wants'

Mar 3, 2020 12:15 PM

Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden following the 19-year-old midfielder's man-of-the-match performance in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final.

"Of course, I'm delighted about his performance and his behaviour in good moments and bad moments. Just think work and work and it always pays off," said Guardiola.

"[He has to] improve and improve and improve. He is 19-year-old, you have a lot to improve but with his behaviour he can achieve whatever he wants."

Foden is reportedly close to his first England call-up.

Guardiola added that Leroy Sane is still not close to a first team return after rehabbing with the U23s.

"He [Sane] is not ready. Six months out, he needs a process. When you start you feel good but he is doing the normal steps to come back, playing in the second time for 50 or 60 minutes," said Guardiola. 

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Tags: Aston Villa, Manchester City, Game Recap

Gerard Pique Says Current Real Madrid 'One Of the Worst' I've Faced

Mar 2, 2020 1:13 PM

Gerard Pique said that this current iteration of Real Madrid is one of the worst he can remember playing following Barcelona's 2-0 loss at the Bernabeu.

"We are upset," Pique said after the match. "We thought we could get a good result here because Madrid came into the game in bad shape. It was one of the worst Madrid sides I've faced at the Bernabeu in the first half."

Pique added that his side had several chances to finish off the match.

"We missed a chance to hurt them. We have to play better than in the second half. We lost balls and they grew in confidence and pinned us back. It feels like a missed opportunity, especially in the first half. We could have killed the game off," said Pique.

Sergio Ramos brushed off Pique's remarks.

"I would take playing as badly in the first half as he thinks we played if it meant winning every Clasico," said Ramos. 

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Tags: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Game Recap

Barcelona, Real Madrid Combine For $1.7 Billion In Revenue

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Jurgen Klopp After Watford Loss: Liverpool Can Play Care Free Again

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Juventus-Inter, 4 Other Serie A Matches Called Off Due To Coronavirus


Real Madrid-Barcelona To Be Played In Front Of Supporters

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Vinicius Junior: Everyone Knows Gabriel Jesus Fouled Sergio Ramos

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Rodri: Manchester City Should Have Beaten Real Madrid By More

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Atletico Madrid Fined For Antoine Griezmann Chants


Juventus-Inter Match To Be Played Behind Closed Doors

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Rodrygo Sent Off In Reserve Match, Will Miss El Clasico


N'Golo Kante Out Three Weeks With Muscle Injury


Joao Felix Returns To Atletico Madrid Training

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Martin Braithwaite Included In Barcelona Team For Saturday Match

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Wilfred Ndidi Ruled Out Of Manchester City Match

Jurgen Klopp On 25-Point Premier League Lead: 'The Gap Is So Insane'

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Milan, Torino To Observe Moment Of Silence For Kobe Bryant

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Jurgen Klopp: No First-Team Players In FA Cup Replay


Inaki Williams Says He Was Racially Abused Versus Espanyol

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Stefano Pioli: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gives Milan 'That Something Extra'


Erling Haaland Scores Hat-Trick In Dortmund Debut


Moussa Sissoko Out Until April After Knee Surgery

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