FA Cup Round 3: Nimba United Vs. Keitrace Preview

first_imgThe Mountaineers of Nimba United that have won four matches and drew three since the start of phase two of the championship line up beforeIt has not been a good moment for the Soccer Mountaineers (Nimba United) after drawing three consecutive games in the championship and conceding a defeat in their last FA Cup match but qualified to the quarter-finals on goal aggregate.And despite not having a good moment, the Soccer Mountaineers’ moment seem to be better than their FA Cup quarter-final opponents, Keitrace FC.Keitrace FC qualified to the quarter-finals after edging out Invincible Eleven (IE) 3-1 on aggregate, but since their win, Coach Gabriel Johns’ side are yet to secure a victory in the championship and have conceded three consecutive defeats.Due to both teams’ recent performances, it will be a fascinating clash to see one side win or settle for a draw.Keitrace FC are the better side from their last FA Cup match against IE, but the Mountaineers showed maturity in their recent performance in the championship.Coach Johns’ Keitrace are still hurt after conceding three consecutive defeats in their last three league matches and will be looking to recover against their quarter-final opponents.Having drawn their last three league games, the Mountaineers are now under pressure to secure a win in their next match today against Keitrace after they were over the weekend rescued by defender Ben Beniah’s penalty against ELWA United at the North Star Stadium.Both teams were paired in the quarter-finals following a draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and one side will secure a slot in the semi-finals after their first and second leg results.The match will be a tough nut to crack.Kitrace FC who have won two, drew two and lost three matches in phase two of the championshipShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Costa has paid his fine and Ronaldo is raring to play – Allegri

first_img0Shares0000“It’s behind us now.” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirms Douglas Costa has been fined for spitting. © AFP / JOSE JORDANMILAN, Italy, Sep 22 – Juventus forward Douglas Costa has already paid his fine to the Italian champions for spitting, coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Saturday.Costa was banned for four Serie A matches, against Frosinone, Bologna, Napoli and Udinese, after aiming an elbow and a headbutt before spitting in the face of Sassuolo winger Federico Di Francesco in last weekend’s league game in Turin. The 28-year-old then picked up a sprained ankle and a right thigh injury in Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League win in Valencia, and will miss Brazil’s friendlies next month against Saudi Arabia and Argentina.“He paid his fine, was banned and he immediately realised his mistake,” said Allegri without revealing how much Costa had paid.“Now he is also injured. That is behind us now, so no more talking about Sassuolo.”Champions Juventus travel to promoted Frosinone on Sunday, just days after star striker Cristiano Ronaldo was controversially given a red card in the Champions League.“Tomorrow, Ronaldo will give an excellent performance as he did in the first half hour in the Champions League,” warned Allegri.The Portuguese striker will be hoping to add to his first two goals scored last weekend, against the club who have the worst defense in the league with ten goals conceded in four games.“The expectations on him are very high, but he does not have to prove anything,” continued the Juventus coach.“He needs only to continue to play, have fun and score, he is very demanding of himself.“He is the best player in the world along with (Lionel) Messi and he brings a lot of added value to the squad.”Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to add to his tally at promoted Frosinone, who have conceded ten goals in four games. © AFP / JOSE JORDANJuventus are the only unbeaten side in Serie A having won all four of their matches, and have a two-point lead on Sassuolo, who are second after beating Empoli 3-1 on Friday.Frosinone are second from the bottom of the league, with just one point, and are still waiting for their first goal.“We know very well what we’re up against and now they have Ronaldo who can do everything,” said Frosinone coach Moreno Longo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more