Barcelona destroyed Real Sociedad 5-2 to book their place in the Copa Del Rey’s semi-finals. Goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Arda Turan and a brace from Denis Suarez helped Barça proceed convincingly into the next round. Real Sociedad never looked settled and it was never going to be easy for them but the climb became steeper when Denis Suarez broke the deadlock only after 20 minutes. There was almost no going forward for Sociedad’s strikers. The man of the hour, Denis Suarez, has already scored four goals in two games for Barça.
👏 Barça are into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey for the 7th time in a row and the 10th time in the last 11 seasons! pic.twitter.com/YMXMdqncbb
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 26, 2017
Hull City hosted Manchester United at KCOM for the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final. To our surprise, the Red Devils were beaten by a team fighting the relegation battle but unfortunately weren’t able to go through as Manchester United clinched the tie 3-2 on aggregate. Jose Mourinho, in an interview, after the match said, “We didn't lose. It was only 1-1. I only saw two goals.” The manager looked satisfied with the team performance and paid no attention to the goal scored by Tom Huddlestone from the spot.
While speaking to Sky Sports 1, he said: "I just want to say congratulations to my players because it was a difficult road to be in the final and we're in the final.
"I don't want to say anything else because it's enough. I'm calm, I behaved on the bench, no punishment so no more words."
It was reported earlier in the news that Inter are making a seemingly impossible move to land Barcelona playmaker, Lionel Messi. However, the latest Inter Milan sensation, João Mario, is rather interested in tempting his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo, to join San Siro. The Portuguese international, who was also a part of the Portugal side that won the UEFA Euro 2016, has a different dream buy for Inter in mind and believes that he would be able to convince the Real Madrid main gun.
"Portugal have a lot of quality, but Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously our talisman, our most important player," Joao Mario told Inter TV.
"I am trying to talk him into joining me at Inter! Let's just say it is difficult!”
West Ham have signed Portuguese centre-back, Jose Fonte, from Southampton on a two-and-a-half-year deal. Reportedly, Hammers have paid €8 million to lend the services of the former Saint.
“I signed for West Ham because they are a great club and a very big club,” Fonte said. “They have a lot of fans and I have known for a number of years how passionate they are.”
FIFA Confederations Cup is scheduled for this June/July and is already making its presence felt among locals. Russia, the host for this year’s Confederations Cup, is all set to make the event worth remembering. The visitors are welcomed whole heartedly and exhibitions are held at different locations to celebrate the Tournament of Champions. The host cities including Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi are all ready for the matches with minimal adjustments left.
— Алексей Сорокин (@Alexey_Sorokin) January 25, 2017
Alexey Sorokin explained. “This campaign aims to inform the locals and visitors in Russia about the “Tournament of Champions”, where the best national teams on the planet will gather. I'm sure we'll see packed stadiums at the Confederations Cup this summer and global stars playing beautiful football. For our part, the Local Organizing Committee will do everything possible to ensure the tournament is organized at the highest level.”
Diego Maradona has once again bashed compatriot and Inter Milan striker, Mauro Icardi. The pair have a rough history, with both men trying to bash each other and have given negative comments about each other. Maradona said:
"But the Argentine is a traitor; you cannot get married to your friend's wife after having gone out to dinner with them. What he did to Maxi Lopez, you pay for in life.”
Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi in 2005
Mauro Icardi will later go on to steal the former's wife in 2014 pic.twitter.com/ijTF1p2Hnk
— Bet9ja (@myBet9ja) November 9, 2016
Apparently, Mauro Icardi used an iPad to steal Maxi Lopez's wife. And Maradona is not pleased with Icardi’s affair with Wanda Nara.