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Arsenal vs. Liverpool score: Aubameyang the hero as Gunners win Community Shield in penalty kicks

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Arsenal vs. Liverpool score: Aubameyang the hero as Gunners win Community Shield in penalty kicks

Arsenal won the FA Community Shield on Saturday in penalty kicks over Liverpool, winning the shootout 5-4 after regulation ended at 1-1. The Gunners put on a clinical display with their attempts, making all five with brilliantly placed shots, while Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster was as the lone taker to miss, rocking his shot off the crossbar. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored the opening goal, put away the winner to start the celebrations.

In regulation, Arsenal scored in the first half and Liverpool equalized with less than 20 minutes to go. Aubameyang made it 1-0 for the Gunners just 12 minutes in with a brilliantly placed ball from the top of the box to the far post, while it was Takumi Minamino’s shot from close that brought things level in the 73rd minute.

There was no extra time, with rules stating action goes right to penalty kicks. It was a deserved result in the end for the Gunners, who are riding a wave after winning the FA Cup final over Chelsea earlier this month.

Here are three takeaways from the match:

1. Aubameyang owns Wembley 

Surely Aubameyang likes to play at the Emirates, but Wembley is now his home away from home. He’s scored five goals in his last three games, including two in the FA Cup semifinal and two more in the FA Cup final before his goal on Saturday, which came with a “Wakanda Forever” celebration to honor Chadwick Boseman, who died on Friday.

The sign that he is stepping up in the big games against big opponents will be key to success this season for the Gunners, who enter the match with higher expectations thanks to the last month of play.

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2. Keeping Maitland-Niles now?

With Ainsley Maitland-Niles linked with a move to Wolves, will he ultimately stay at the club after this one? He got the start, put together a man of the match performance and looked really sharp. He defended well, he was good on the ball getting forward and was arguably the best player on the pitch. 

According to The Guardian, his potential move is about getting first-team minutes. He may have just earned a bunch more in this game.

3. Liverpool might have to accelerate pursuit of Thiago

It’s just a glorified preseason match, but the Reds’ creativity just wasn’t there. The team lacked a bit of calmness on the ball, and don’t be surprised if that increases the rumors of Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich joining. He’s been linked with the club for a while now. Liverpool created 15 shots, putting just four on frame, but they will want to avoid overreacting. The fact is, Liverpool hasn’t looked sharp for a while now, including the end of the Premier League season and the losses to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16. Having a player like Thiago could change this team completely in the final third, which is a scary thought for other teams. But it’s important to realize the team didn’t have key players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson. Chances are, they will be fine, but there is no question that adding Thiago would be huge.

Arsenal 1, Liverpool 1 (Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties)

⚽ Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12′)
⚽ Liverpool: Takumi Minamino (73′)

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BALL – Lions return to winning ways in the League in a reception by Gil Vicente (League)

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BALL - Lions return to winning ways in the League in a reception by Gil Vicente (League)

Sporting returned to victory in the League, beating Gil Vicente at home by three goals: one in the first leg of the 8th round of the competition. A good tonic before the match against Marseille next Tuesday in the Champions League.

In a somewhat monotonous first half, the “lions” marked their superiority without imposing a very high pace. Nuno Santos won a cross from behind the back of the entire defense and already in the penalty area struck from the bottom and crossed, and Morita appeared at the far post, correcting the trajectory of the ball and opening the scoring (16 minutes).

Shortly after, the Japanese reappeared, finding an imbalance in depth: class in unmarking, receiving and heeling for Pedro Goncalves, who even took the opponent out of the game before shooting into the goal (22 minutes).

Returning to the second half, the guests abandoned the top five in the rear and achieved more brilliance in attacking the opposite third. Murilo snapped at Adana before Fran Navarro returned to attack as the Spaniard added three more threats.

However, already on the other half of the field the ball was again in the depths of the gate. Esgaio start for Rochinha and this one to overcome Lucas Cunha and Andrew by scoring 3-0 (82′). In the farewell match (90+3′), Fran Navarro finally managed to celebrate with a header from Elder Santana.

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BALL – Famalican disqualifies coach Miguel Afonso accused of harassment (Women’s Football)

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BALL - Famalican disqualifies coach Miguel Afonso accused of harassment (Women's Football)

According to the club, Miguel Afonso has been suspended from his duties with the Famalicao women’s team and did not participate in this Friday’s morning training session.

Famalicao’s statement refers to the “suspension of functions by mutual agreement until the truth is established.”

Miguel Afonso was condemned by a newspaper report Public in which allegations of harassment of players in the 2020/21 season when he was in charge of Rio Avenue. Read all about this topic in related news.

Famalicao’s statement

“Football Clube Famalicão, with the utmost interest in protecting its values, its people and its emblem, announces, in connection with yesterday’s events, the suspension of coaching duties by mutual agreement and with immediate effect. Miguel Afonso until the truth of the facts is established. For now, coach Renato Lobo and the rest of the technical team will take over the functions of head coach on an interim basis. Futebol Clube Famalicão confirms that he does not see himself in any way with offensive content or gender inequality, following his path based on the values ​​he believes in and with the sole purpose of making this emblem even more worthy. Once again, Futebol Clube Famalicão declares its full readiness to all parties involved and the competent authorities to assist in establishing the truth.”

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BALL – Scores (negative) confirmed by vote of confidence (Benfica)

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Benfica SAD informed the Securities Market Commission of the approval of the report and accounts for 2021/2022, in which the Eagles received a negative result of 35 million euros.

In a note sent to CMVM, the SAD incarnation also discloses that a vote of confidence was approved for the Board of Directors as well as for the Supervisory Board between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Here is the statement:

“- Approval of the annual report for 2021/22, which covers the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, in which a negative net result of EUR 35,016,851 was determined;

– approval of the proposal for the application of the results with the transfer of the result accrued in the period to the accumulated results;

– Approval of a vote of confidence in the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board, as well as relevant members, as well as the official auditor for the exercise of their functions in the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021, 2022;

– approval of the policy of remuneration of management and control bodies, as well as members of the Board of the General Meeting;

– Election of members of the Remuneration Committee for the remainder of the four-year period 2021/2025.”

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