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Justice For The 96

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April 15th, 1989. The day when 96 people went to Nottingham Forest – Liverpool and never went back home. It was 3:06 pm when the match that has never end was interrupted in the opening minutes. It’s been 30 years since that FA Cup semi-final between two of the greatest clubs in England. Unfortunately, with a sad end. Three decades of homesickness and demands for justice for the 96 Hillsborough victims.

Earlier this month, the families of the dead fans were further frustrated. The jury has not reached a verdict over the police chief responsible for the security of the match, David Duckenfeld – who, if convicted, could face life in prison. The prosecution will ask for a new trial.

The only culprit so far has been the former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday, owner of the Hillsborough stadium. His penalty will be announced in May but it will be a maximum of two years.

One of the 1966 World Cup stadiums, Hillsborough was chosen by the Football Association (FA) to host the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest, two of the greatest powers of the 80s.

At the prime of hooliganism and in the shadow of another tragedy, Heysel’s, almost every stadium had bars separating the seats from the pitch. But the protective barrier would become a trap in the face of the overcrowding industry known as Leppings Lane Terrace, a sort of “general” in which it was possible to watch standing games.

There were seven turnstiles to control the entrance of about 10 thousand fans. and apparently, only one was working properly. The funnel that formed generated agglomeration on the outside, and the solution presented to minimize the confusion that formed in the surroundings was to open one of the exit gates.

There was no control due, and the stands were overcrowded. The police were slow to understand that whoever tried to jump the grid sought to save and contained at first what he thought was a field invasion. Anyone who could not jump and stood by the grating was pressed, crushed, suffocated.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died and more than 700 were injured. For legal purposes, only 95 deaths are counted, as one of the fans died almost a year after the tragedy. It is believed that at least 40 fatalities could have been avoided if they had received correct care while still in the stadium.

Amongst these 96, there were fathers. Children. Women. Dreams that will never come true. There was even a cousin of legendary Steven Gerrard amongst the 96. After 30 years, we claim Justice for the 96. Football in England was changed after the incident. The way of the modern-looking stadiums isn’t the same as they looked like in the ’80s. Even Liverpool’s crest isn’t the same. They have added two torches symbolizing mourning and demanding justice. Justice for the 96.

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He’s done it again!

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Nothing like a hat-trick after another. The worst season of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League in 13 years has had a turnaround. The Portuguese stepped up at the Juventus Stadium with only one goal in the entire tournament. And he left with one more of his magical nights. The Old Lady’s number 7 scored all of the three goals in a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in Turin and secured the Italian team’s place in the last 16 of the competition. A quick reminder is that Atletico had won the first leg in Spain for 2-0.

La Juve finished the first half with 62% possession and six more attempts than Atlético. They were absolutely dominant throughout the whole game. From start to finish. The first goal started with Spinazzola robbing the ball on the left and Bernardeschi’s good move. The Italian talent pulled out a good cross, who had a target spotted. Guess who it was? Yeah… The Goat… Mr. Champions opened the scoring in a header, even being heavily marked by Atletico’s defense. 1-0 Juventus.

It was only three minutes of the second half for Cristiano Ronaldo to give indications that he would have one of the best nights of his career. And again with one of its main weapons: the thrust. This time, he took advantage of a right cross, headed well, but Jan Oblak made a great save. But the technology of the goal line helped Juve and validated the second goal of CR7. The third would come in the 85th minute, in a penalty shootout suffered by Bernardeschi. To the team of Diego Simeone, the frustration remained. Atletico ended the match without hitting Szczesny’s goal. And he bid farewell to the European dream again.

There are so many data to highlight the greatness of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League that it is difficult to know where to start … come on:

– Cristiano has reached 124 goals in 160 games. He is the highest scorer of the tournament

– Cristiano has reached 63 goals in the knockout phase in the Champions League. He is the leader in the matter

– Cristiano Ronaldo reaches the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the ninth consecutive time

– Cristiano Ronaldo scored his eighth hat-trick in the Champions League. Equated Messi in statistics

Juventus joins Ajax, Manchester United, Tottenham, Porto, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Barcelona among the qualifiers to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

For the fifth time in the last six years, Atletico is eliminated from the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo as their rival. In 2013/14 and 2015/16, Diego Simeone’s team fell to Real Madrid in the decision. In 2014/15, he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. In 2016/17, he left in the semifinal. And now, he’s on his way in the round of 16. In all, the Portuguese has scored seven goals in eight confrontations for the tournament against the rival. There’s only one question… Who is better? Messi or Ronaldo? Both are great, honestly…

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Lyon wins the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the 4th time in a row

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This Saturday (18th of May) was an important day for Women’s Football. It was the final of the Women’s UEFA Champions League. The match took place in Budapest… And what an incredible match.

Barcelona, for the first time in history going to the final, was going to face the powerful Lyon. The French club were the current champions and wanted to lift the trophy again. And they got it. After an amazing first half, the girls of Lyon were once again champions after a 4-1 victory.

The match began with a good chance for Barcelona, but soon things changed sides. At the 5th he amazing Van de Sanden – who played her best football – planted a low cross into the box. It was up to the Budapest-born Marozsan tap in an easy finish to the goal. Almost 10 minutes later Van der Sanden has been again released down the right. This time she passed it to Ada Hegerberg. The Norwegian scored her first goal this afternoon, sending the ball pass Sandra Paños.

Things continued hot on the first half and at the 19th minute, Hegerberg appeared once again to put the ball on the net and make the 3-0. With that, things were pretty difficult to Barcelona, once their best player, Lieke Martens, was not on a good day. And to make things worse to the Spaniards at the 30th minute Hegerberg scored her hattrick, showing why she is the best player in the world. This time it was Bronze who delivered and it was the first goal in which the Norwegian had to score under pressure.

The second half was calmer, but Barcelona still wasn’t able to score. They even had some good chances, especially after Asisat Oshoala coming in. And the Nigerian was able to score the only goal for the Spanish side, at the 89th minute. The scoring finished 4-1 to the French and another trophy.

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Guardiola denies taking on Juve next season

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Pep Guardiola denied in all letters that he plans to leave Manchester City next season. After Massimiliano Allegri’s departure from Juventus, the Spanish coach was a supposed substitute. He was questioned on Friday about a possibility of a change for the Old Lady. And the answer was narrow. As far as he is concerned, he stays in England until the end of the contract, in 2021.

Angry with the same question over and over again, Guardiola was straight on the interview. “I don’t plan on going to Juventus. I will continue in Manchester for more two years if that is also the will of City.” he started. “Next season I’ll be training Manchester City”, he completed saying.

The statement was on the eve of the last match of the English Champion of the season. This Saturday, Manchester City faces Watford for the FA Cup decision. But behind-the-scenes matters dominated the day before the ruling. The contracting (or not) of Griezmann, for example, entered in agenda.

On that matter, the Spanish coach said that Barcelona did not need to worry, because Manchester City don’t intend on buying Antoine Griezmann. According to him, the team doesn’t have the money to do so. And honestly, Griezmann wouldn’t be really necessary to the Citizens, once the midfield is still very good.

With the title of the Premier League and the English League, the blue side of Manchester faced Watford this Saturday (18th of May) for the FA Cup final and guaranteed the third trophy this season after an amazing victory by 6-0 with goals of David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. Sterling scored a hat-trick and showed he is an important player for the Citizens. With this, Manchester City finished the season with all possible titles inside England, but no titles on Europe. They will come back to the pitch on the 17th of July, for the semi-final of the Asia Trophy, against West Ham.

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