Haaland felt pain from a minor groin injury after playing for Manchester City in the FA Cup quarterfinals against Burnley on Saturday and will return to his club for treatment, the Norwegian federation said. He scored three goals in the 6-0 victory over Burnley, bringing his record tally to 42 goals this season.
The Norwegian federation said it initially hoped Haaland would recover quickly, but the pain increased after he joined the national team.
With City facing a busy schedule in pursuit of three trophies in the final part of the season, Norway coach Stole Solbakken was quick to dismiss the suggestion that Haaland was putting his club before his country.
If you had seen him in my room at midnight last night, you would have known that (he wants to play), Solbakken said at a press conference in Marbella. He’s deeply upset, and he did the best he could.
Man City will play Liverpool in the Premier League on April 1. The English titleholder will also take on Bayern on April 11 in the first match of the Champions League quarterfinals.
Norway begins its group program for the Euro 2024 qualifier with a match against Spain on Saturday and travels to Georgia three days later. Group A also includes Scotland and Cyprus.
Haaland has scored 21 goals in 23 games for Norway, but has yet to play in a major tournament.
The top two teams in Group A will advance to Euro 2024 in Germany. Norway could also qualify for next year’s playoffs based on the Nations League results.
French sports daily L’Equipe reported that Mbappe agreed to become captain after talking to coach Didier Deschamps.
Didier Deschamps appointed Kylian Mbappe as the new captain of Les Bleus. Antoine Griezmann is vice-captain, the FFF said on Twitter.
Kylian meets all the requirements to carry this responsibility. Both on the field and in the life of the group, being a unifying element, French television channel TF1 quoted Deschamps as saying in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday.
Mbappe, 24, has been seen as one of the candidates for the role since goalkeeper Llaurice retired from international soccer in January, weeks after leading France to their second straight World Cup final, where they were beaten by Argentina.
Mbappe was on the field 66 times and played a key role in a successful championship campaignThe 2018 World Cup, as well as winning second place in 2022.
France will take on the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Friday in their first Euro 2024 qualifier, before traveling to Ireland next Monday.
Chhetri barely had time to sit on the bench in Goa when Sivasakti Narayanan hit his nose on Ashik Kuruniyan’s shoulder and had to be replaced. Starting in the fourth minute, the 38-year-old Chhetri played all evening, converting a penalty at halftime and in the tiebreak when Bengaluru FC lost 5-6 to ATK Mohun Bagan. ISL’s finding, according to India head coach Igor Stimats, that Chhetri’s unavailability means he will only be able to play for a club or country for the second time this year.
With the other eight Bagan and Bengaluru players tired from travel, congratulations and the regular season, Stimac will likely try to get them ready for Saturday’s game against Kyrgyzstan. That means goalkeeper Amrinder Singh could get his first start since an away friendly against Nepal on Sept. 5, 2021. Making his debut for the Indian national team in 2017, the 29-year-old Singh was Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s understudy but played all 21 games for Odisha FC in ISL9.
Stimak’s statement at Tuesday’s press conference in Imphal that you can definitely expect many of Manipur to take the field tomorrow could also mean a new pair of central defenders. Chinglensana Singh could be a senior partner in the interior defense, and given that Stimac wants to try new players in the year leading up to the Asian Cup finals, Mehtab Singh could play alongside.
Except for midfielder Suresh Wangjam and defender Naorem Roshan Singh, who played in the ISL final, and East Bengal’s Naorem Mahesh Singh, who was called up to the national team later after Glan Martins was injured Saturday, all Manipur-born players will likely be in the starting lineup. That means Jixon Singh will play in the center of midfield and Bipin Singh will play at left winger. Since Manvir Singh has been rested, Chhetri could be a striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Lalianzualla Chhangte, ISL’s best player of the season, on the right wing.
Myanmar leads 11-9 in wins in head-to-head encounters, but India beat them away in March 2017 when Chhetri scored in the 90th minute off an assist from Udanta Singh. The return match of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifier ended 2-2. Goals by Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua helpedIndia’s first half lead to a 0-2 score.
Myanmar is 159th in the FIFA rankings, while India is 106th. The Kyrgyz Republic, ranked 94th, is the highest-ranked team in the competition. Myanmar has not won since beating Timor Leshti 2-0 in December 2021, losing 11 of 13 games before Wednesday’s match. India have won three of their last five matches — all in the Asian Cup ԛ last June — drew with Singapore and lost to Vietnam.
India is probably too strong, and maybe we have no chance against them, Myanmar coach Michael Feichtenbeiner told reporters in Imphal. We are here to improve our results and build our future.
But his condition certainly worried the great Swedish player.
I didn’t get into a situation where I said: Stop, Ibrahimovic said Tuesday. I rather (thought) it was hopeless. No matter what I did, I didn’t get positive feedback. I tried everything.
Indeed, the AC Milan striker’s top priority quickly became simply getting back to normal health, not the level needed to sustain his trophy-rich soccer career.
The fact that Ibrahimovic is back and at the age of 41 can play for his country in a European Championship qualifier is a testament to his faith in himself and his resilience.
On Saturday, he became the oldest scorer in Serie A history, and now he hopes to be taken into the Swedish national team for Friday’s match against Belgium and make his first national team appearance in almost a year.
I’m not there (in Milan) and I’m not here for charity, Ibrahimovic said at a press conference at Sweden’s training base. I’m here to play my game, to provide and to bring results with my performances.
I hope I can continue to do that and feel healthy at the same time.
Given Ibrahimovic’s recent period of inactivity – this weekend’s game against Udinese was the first for him since last January, following knee surgery in May – he is not ready to discuss how long he has left to play.
He’s definitely not thinking about Euro 2024 in Germany.
I take it day by day, Ibrahimovic said. If I feel good and the coach chooses me, I will help him, the team and the country to do my best.
I think at my age.You don’t think about the future. You think about the present. Even if I am past, present and future.
During the international break, Sweden will also play Azerbaijan in the qualifying tournament, and Ibrahimovic, the country’s top scorer and arguably the greatest player in its history, is unlikely to be in the starting lineup. For now, he sees himself more as a mentor for the team’s young players.
I said yesterday: I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m doing here. I’m sure you think I’m stupid, Ibrahimovic said of his arrival at the Swedish national team camp. But I said wait until the end, then you’ll understand everything I’m doing. There’s some panic, you want it to go on.
Fulham coach Marco Silva was also accused by the FA on Monday.
There was an altercation in the second half of Sunday’s match after Fulham player Willian received a red card for handling the ball in the box after a VAR review.
Within a few chaotic minutes, Coach Silva angrily addressed the fourth referee, after which he was shown a red card.
Serbian striker Mitrovic was also suspended after colliding with referee Chris Kavanagh and pushing him with his shoulder.
It is alleged that Marko Silva used foul and/or abusive words, and/or gestures, and/or behavior toward the fourth referee before his suspension and… after his suspension, the FA said in a statement.
In addition, it is alleged that his behavior was inappropriate when he threw a water bottle toward the assistant referee.
The FA also stated that Mitrovic’s behavior after the removal was offensive and threatening.
The standard penalty that would otherwise have been imposed on Aleksandar Mitrovic for the offensive behavior he committed toward the match referee is clearly insufficient.
The governing body added that Fulham had failed to enforce the behavior of its players and had not yet announced what sanctions would be imposed.
This season, ATK Mohun Bagan coach Juan Ferrando has swapped the passing game for pragmatism and, like Manolo Marquez of Hyderabad FC, opted for defensive reliability. Mumbai City FC scored a record 56 goals this season, but the total dropped to 345 from 354, although 117 games were played instead of 115.
What has not changed is the poor performance of East Bengal, as well as North East United and Chennaiyin FC. Also that,that the mostly good work of the match referees was overshadowed by a few bad decisions.
Turning the league stage into a procession, Mumbai City FC took first place in Goa on February 11, going undefeated in 18 matches (14 wins and four draws), including 11 straight wins, a record. But their next meaningful game was on March 7, and that margin has reversed their momentum.
Despite the fact that 2022 was the annus horribilis, Bengaluru FC never stopped believing. Over the next three months, they were able to turn the tide of the season. And that’s with Chhetri starting on the bench. Honestly, it was the hardest decision of my career, coach Simon Grayson said.
He trusted Narayanan, and the 22-year-old did not disappoint. Along with Roy Krishna, Xavi Hernandez, a clutch of regular India players and Chhetri as an impact substitute (he has scored in three of the last four elimination games), they forced Bengaluru FC to save and miss in the shootout from their second ISL title.
Vishal Kite, however, made sure that goal was the only one for ATK Mohun Bagan. The team that has won three of the first six ISL titles under the ATK name will be called Mohun Bagan Super Giants from 2023-24, owner Sanjeev Goenka said in Margao on Saturday. Causing anger among some removed, the champions received a warm welcome here Sunday.
In a sport that pays little, Goenka has never shied away from first-team expenses. Ashish Rai and Ashkiue Kuruniyan joined the team this season, and Anwar Ali is expected to join next season. Since ISL1, replacements for injured players have been just as good (remember Dejan Lekic, Enrique Sereno). This time Slavko Damjanovic took over in central defense, as if he and Pritam Kotal had played together for years. Glan Martins helped stop Bengaluru in the final, and Federico Gallego became an option for Hugo Bumus. All three came in January.
Four titles for Mr. Goenka! You realize how hard it is when you see a player of Sandesh Jingan’s caliber lose four finals, said one Bengaluru FC player.147252
ATK Mohun Bagan also faced slumps in form and a lot of injuries. They dealt with the former thanks to Ferrando, who looked for space behind defenders’ backs and defended compactly. The second was thanks to the depth of the lineup, although Manveer Singh didn’t forget to thank the medicsinic personnel.
Ferrando also turned a blind eye to the clamor that the team was missing a striker, continued to encourage Liston Colaco, gave playing time to Nassiri and forced Kurunian to overcome an ankle injury and play 54 minutes in the final. They all made important contributions to the final.
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, Colaco said, holding up a sparkling medallion in a mixed zone in Margao. That central defender Sumit Rathi felt comfortable in the final despite playing little all season was a testament to the many hours of work on the practice court. I’m looking forward to showering and sleeping now, Ferrando said after the final. Congratulations on Sunday and Monday, however, resulted in him getting very little of it.