When TA Rennes met Vannes OC in the Championnat de France Amateur 2 (CFA 2) last evening, I bet they weren’t expecting Jean-François Bédénik to be a literal wall especially during a crucial penalty save. Vannes won the match 3-0, but I still can’t over the goalie’s Man of the Match performance.
I had planned on closing My Heart Beats Football after Euro 2016, but I’ve been requested to continue it, so I guess it’ll be open for one season more.
Also, I’ve been asked by several people if I can do another football fan fic with the Les Bleus coach and his identical twin. However, they want to see him at none other than FC Barcelona. I’m thinking about it given that Marcus is a patriotic son of a gun who cares nothing for the Liga. We’ll see how/if that takes off when the new season of football begins.
Bring on the new season!
He humbly plays it down, but Hugo Lloris was the hero last evening at BayArena during the scoreless Champions League match.
Lloris made a string of excellent stops last evening to deny Javier Hernandez and Bayer Leverkusen any form of victory. The Man of the Match goalie played a pivotal role in making sure that Leverkusen didn’t concede, but his finest moment was when he denied Hernandez from close range. The Frenchman spared no thought as he sprung across goal and with incredible cat reflexes, he managed to grab the ball and cling onto it to ensure that it did not cross the line.
He was rightfully named Man of the Match, but he refused to take credit for his heroic efforts.
‘That’s a technology decision. Listen, you need a bit of luck in that kind of action. This time I could save this goal. It’s important. It’s a…
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PSG defender Serge Aurier helped save the life of one of his opponents during Ivory Coast’s win over Mali.
Moussa Doumbia collapsed during the early stages of the World Cup qualifier between the west African rivals and is said to have started swallowing his tongue.
Right back Aurier was quick to put Doumbia on his side to help him and later visited the player in hospital.
‘Doumbia fell and was swallowing his own tongue and Serge was one of the first to arrive and help,’ said Mali boss Fousseni Diawara.
‘That’s when Aurier, with one of our players, quickly put him on his side and pulled out his tongue, because he was about to lose his life.’
‘There is one thing nobody is talking about, which is the manner in which he helped a Malian on the pitch.’
Via Dail Mail
*** And he didn’t need a green card for his heroic deed!
Fans of the beautiful game were left shocked earlier this week when the first ever green card was awarded in league football. This took place during a Serie B match in Italy. Why this green card?
The green card is an initiative to promote sportsmanship among its players and will be given at the end of the match.
Simply, think of it as fair play. At the end of the season, the player with the most green cards will be awarded. Vicenza’s Cristian Galano received Serie B’s first green card for fair play against Virtus Entella. Why? The referee Marci Mainardi had called for a corner kick. The kicker? It was the incorrect decision. After the match, Galano had admitted that no VE defenders had touched the ball. Honesty prevails!🙂
I am still on the fence about this green card thing because I don’t think this is necessary. Footballers should learn how to play fair and be honest without looking for any sort of reward at the end of the season. We’ll see how this plays out.
Pogba and that 30-yard rocket!
Paul Pogba scored the only goal in the Netherlands v France World Cup qualifier earlier this evening in the 30th minute. Hugo Lloris also came up HUGE in the 89th minute with a BIG save to keep a clean sheet and to save the team’s hide. Les Bleus is now on top of Group A with 7 points.
I won’t be writing a long report tonight because I need to rest, but I am delighted with my boys for making my evening.
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!
Who else deserves this award?
Bacary Sagna is believed to have suffered a tear in his thigh and Deschamps made the decision to call up Lille’s Sébastien Corchia. He is a brilliant right-back and I have no complaint. DD is getting his call-ups right.