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Bournemouth 2-3 Cardiff: Howe's side beaten by battling visitors

The newly-promoted side fell to a shock defeat to their Championship opponents at Dean Court, just two weeks ahead of their Premier League bow under Eddie Howe


Premier League new boys Bournemouth fell to a 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City at Dean Court on Friday, as an Alex Revell brace proved decisive.

Eddie Howe’s side, who face Hoffenheim on Saturday in their final friendly before their Premier League debut next weekend, took a 27th-minute lead thanks to Tokelo Rantie, who beat the offside trap and skipped past goalkeeper Simon Moore before netting.

Joe Ralls powered home from the edge of the penalty area to haul Cardiff level and Revell made no mistake from close range on the stroke of half-time to put the visitors ahead.

And Revell then made it 3-1 just after the hour as he lost his marker and cooly converted when one-on-one with Adam Federici.

Marc Pugh sparked hope of a comeback when he cut inside from the left flank to pull one back with 20 minutes to go, but Championship side Cardiff held on.

 
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Iniesta: Playing with Messi a privilege

The World Cup winner is considered one of the finest midfielders of all-time but he says he is in awe of his “unique” Barcelona team-mate

Barcelona ace Andres Iniesta says he feels privileged to have played alongside Lionel Messi for such a long time and hopes he continues doing so for years to come.

Iniesta is widely regarded as one of the finest attacking midfielders of all-time, having been an integral member of a Blaugrana side that changed the game with its brand of ‘tiki-taka’ football, as well as cementing his place in history by scoring the winning goal in Spain’s World Cup final win over Netherlands in 2010.

However, the 31-year-old says he remains humbled by the fact that he has been lucky enough to have spent the past 11 years playing alongside four-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi.

“We have experienced all sorts of situations together and we know each other so well,” the Barca No.8 stated.

“We have lived alongside one another for such a long time. And to have experienced what we have together is to be very happy.

“The truth is that it is a privilege to play with him. I cannot say much more than that.

“Leo has always been unique for me and hopefully I get to play with him for a lot longer. That’s what matters.”

Iniesta also believes that it is essential that Barca – who went through a rough patch in January that resulted in speculation over Luis Enrique’s position as coach – make the most of this current spell of calm at Camp Nou and add to last season’s remarkable treble triumph.

“Because of the times in which we live, when things go wrong, it’s very difficult,” he added.

“When you have harmony, it is much easier. Now that we are enjoying such a moment, we must seize it.”

 
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Transfer Talk: City set for £100m Pep deal

Manchester City believe they have secured Pep Guardiola in an astonishing £100 million deal. The Bayern Munich boss, who appears ready to leave Germany, is set to replace Manuel Pellegrini next summer on a £20m-a-season contract.

Source: The Sun
Saturday, August 1, 2015 00:02

 
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Ferguson praises former sparring partner Rooney for braving Everton return

The England striker has agreed to play for the Toffees again, despite leaving under a cloud in 2004, while a fierce punch to his former team-mate ended their boxing work-outs


Duncan Ferguson has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney for agreeing to play for Everton again, and has revealed that a right hook from the Manchester United striker ended their brief sparring sessions.

The 29-year-old Red Devils skipper has agreed to don the blue shirt for the first time since 2004 in Ferguson’s testimonial match against Villarreal on Sunday.

Rooney left the Toffees under a cloud, having handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Old Trafford, but Ferguson maintains that the forward will receive a positive reception.

“It was a long time ago and, as far as I’m concerned, he is one of us and I’m sure he’ll get a good reception,” he said.

“I did consider one or two others but Wayne is still playing and I wanted him back for that personal touch.

“I asked Wayne and he was delighted. We probably drifted away from each other over the last few years because you move on and that happens. But I wanted him to play in this game and I am chuffed to bits that he accepted.

“I played with Wayne when he made his debut at Wrexham and scored twice. We hit it off on the pitch from the start – he did what I told him to do but about three weeks later he was telling me what to do!”

Ferguson has also revealed that he and Rooney used to spar together, before a fierce punch from the young striker put an end to their boxing sessions.

“I am always in the gym and I remember us putting on the boxing gloves one day and having a spar. We were in the gym lifting weights. It was an off-the-cuff thing and I have to say he was a handy fighter,” he added.

“I remember getting punched right in the forehead by him. He was wearing the right glove and I was the one hiding away. We only did it once – I never wanted to do it again. He was handy.”

 
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Watford 0-1 Sevilla: Immobile injury overshadows Sevilla win

The former Borussia Dortmund striker was stretchered off with a neck brace after a clash with Heurelho Gomes, but the Spanish side still emerged victorious, with Vitolo scoring


A worrying head injury sustained by Ciro Immobile overshadowed Sevilla’s 1-0 friendly win at Watford on Friday.

The summer loan signing from Borussia Dortmund suffered a blow to the head following a collision with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes early in the first half at Vicarage Road, and he was subsequently treated by paramedics as the game was stopped for 10 minutes.

Immobile was later carried from the field on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace, but it did little to halt Sevilla’s momentum, as Vitolo netted the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time as he cut in from the wing and unleashed a low drive.

Both sides were earlier denied by the woodwork as Watford striker Odion Ighalo saw his header deflected onto the frame of the game by Beto, who also kept out Troy Deeney, while Coke hit the post.

Defeat ended Watford’s pre-season campaign in disappointing fashion ahead of their Premier League opener at Everton next weekend, while next up for Sevilla is a friendly at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday before their Super Cup showdown with Barcelona.

 
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