Manchester United falls in Turkey; Lazio draws against Zenit – ContraRéplica


A goal in the final minutes by Ecuadorian Felipe Caicedo gave a decimated Lazio a 1-1 draw against Zenit St. Petersburg for the Champions League, where Manchester United fell in Istanbul in another group.

Aleksandr Erokhin put Zenit in the lead in the first half of the Group F match, played in Russia in front of several thousand spectators allowed by local regulations, before substitute Caicedo tied for the Romans with eight minutes remaining with a left foot from near the penalty spot.

Lazio, which has five points from three games, said on the eve of the match that some team members had tested positive for COVID-19 before traveling to Russia.

Caicedo has grown used to being Lazio’s savior coming off the bench, scoring crucial goals in the closing minutes, most recently in a 4-3 win over Torino on Sunday in Serie A.

In another match played in the first round on Wednesday, United fell 2-1 away from Group H to Istanbul Basaksehir. The Turkish team was left with 3 points, the same as PSG and Leipzig who faced each other later. The “Red Devils” are leaders of the zone with six units.

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Mesut Özil’s situation at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil it is neither there nor expected. The 32-year-old German footballer does not enter the plans of the Arsenal of Mikel Arteta and the reality is that he will leave the English club sooner rather than later. The ‘Gunners’ have made official the list of players registered to play national and European competitions, in which the Teuton’s name does not appear. Therefore, Özil will not be able to play one more game with Arsenal this season, despite continuing to train as one more.

In fact, the former German international has shown his discontent on social networks. A hard and forceful message with which he did not want to show his gratitude to the fans of the London team. For the moment, he will have to remain in the club with which he renewed his contract in 2018, but already looking for a new destination.

Three clubs sigh for Özil

There are two offers that could convince Mesut Ozil. The first of them would have come from the Al-Nassr of Saudi football. An operation in which Arsenal would raise slightly less than 5 million euros. The second, and more convincing, would be that of DC United of the MLS. A club that would be willing to take over the entire footballer’s file.

The most bizarre option is to go to play in the Turkish league. Istanbul Basaksehir has been tempting the footballer of Ottoman origin for several seasons, but it seems difficult for him to make it to the Süper Lig. What is clear is that Özil will not play a single more game with Arsenal and that he is already waiting to find a new team.


Champions League 2020-21 team guide infographic

October 20, 2020 – May 29, 2021 – The new season of the European UEFA Champions League kicks off on October 20 and culminates with the final at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Turkey on May 29, 2021.

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League is the 29th season of Europe’s primary club football tournament.

Bayern Munich are aiming for seventh title to equal AC Milan as joint-second most successful club in European Cup history, behind Spanish giants Real Madrid, with 13 titles.

The UEFA Champions League is contested by the highest ranked teams of the strongest UEFA national associations. It is the top club competition in European football and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.