New signing Fabio Vieira starred for Premier League leaders Arsenal during the 3-0 win at home to Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League. Arsenal played hosts to Bodo in their second Europa League group stage game of the season and Vieira emerged as the star of the show with one goal and one assist.
KDB STARS IN BOURNEMOUTH GAME
Kevin De Bruyne (KDB) was the star of the show as his Manchester City side thumped Bournemouth 4-0 at home to move into top spot on the Premier League table. De Bruyne had an attacking return of a goal and an assist in the first half of the game.
CONTINUED: HOSTING BEJUES FOR 2026 WORLD CUP IN AMERICA
Used mostly for soccer, the Estadio Akronopened in 2010 and hosted the Copa Libertadores finals that year and the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games in 2011. Mexican soccer club Chivas plays its home matches at the venue, which has a capacity of about 48,000 and a grass surface. The city hosted matches at both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, but at a different stadium.
NRG Stadium hosts football, soccer and even some rodeo. The stadium, which opened in 2002, is the home of the Houston Texans and has staged World Cup qualifying matches for the United States. But it also serves as a home venue for some Mexican national team friendlies. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo also is held annually at the stadium, which has a seating capacity of about 72,000 and an artificial surface. Its retractable roof and air conditioning will be important given the area’s summer heat and humidity.
MANE BOOSTS BEST PLAYER BID
Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has boosted his bid to become the first African player to win the Ballon d’Or award in almost three decades after scoring one of the goals as his team came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at home in their last league game this season. Mane scored the equaliserfor Liverpool on 24 minutes after Portuguese player Pedro Neto had given Wolves a shock lead in the third minute. Egyptian international Mohamed Salah came off the bench to score the second Liverpool goal six minutes from time before the result was sealed by left-back Andy Robertson with a minute left on the clock.
Mane has been a consistent source of goals for Liverpool this season. The Senegalese international is an important player for the Liverpool team that has won two major trophies already this season. The Reds have theCarabao Cup and FA Cup titles in the bag, while the Champions League title is also a possibility. Liverpool were in the hunt for the quadruple before it was ended after losing the league title to Manchester City on Sunday despite beating Wolves partly due to the equaliser from Mane.
TEBAS: MADRID WILL SIGN HAALAND AND MBAPPE
Judging by the latest comments made by La Liga chief Javier Tebas, German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain would be losing their respective star players (ErlingHaaland and Kylian Mbappe) to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid as early as this summer. The Los Blancos have always been keen to sign Mbappe and it’s no longer a secret in the football world. The France international forward is also said to be keen to move to the Santiago Bernabeu as it would be a dream for him to follow in the path of his idol Cristiano Ronaldo who donned the Real Madrid shirt for a couple of years and became the most important player in their history in the process.
QATAR 2022: WHAT ECUADOR MUST DO
Brazil and Argentina are the top two teams on the South American standings for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar and they have both sealed their respective spots to the tournament leaving just two automatic spots for the other teams. Also, a fifth spot is available for the teams but an inter-confederation playoffs await.