INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL TID-BITS - FEBRUARY : 2015

WORLD FOOTBALL TID-BITS - 20TH FEB 2015

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ADHIRAJ DUTTA :Striker Mario Balotelli played down controversy surrounding his penalty in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Besiktas on Thursday. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli thanked Jordan Henderson for letting him take the match-winning penalty in his side's triumph over Besiktas in the UEFA Europa League, and pleaded for no more 'drama'. Balotelli struck the only goal of the round of 32 first leg from the spot in the 85th minute, but injured captain Steven Gerrard slammed the Italian for disrespect after the game, claiming that stand-in skipper Henderson was on penalty duties.
Cyclone Marcia has forced Football Federation Australia to postpone Brisbane Roar's hosting of Melbourne Victory on Friday. Friday's A-League fixture between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory has been postponed due to dangerous weather conditions caused by Cyclone Marcia.
An unusual technique to deal with Bolivia's altitude failed to help River Plate as they lost 2-0 to San Jose in the Copa Libertadores. River Plate's plan to take Viagra to deal with Bolivia’s altitude failed to help them avoid defeat on Thursday, while reigning champions San Lorenzo came from behind to win in the Copa Libertadores. Bolivian club San Jose defeated River Plate 2-0 in their competition opener, while San Lorenzo scored twice in the last five minutes to triumph 2-1 at Danubio.

Manager Ronny Deila conceded it will be 'very, very tough' for Celtic to advance in the UEFA Europa League after their draw with Inter. Celtic manager Ronny Deila claimed he was “so proud” of his team's 3-3 draw against Inter but admitted his side will struggle to advance to the UEFA Europa League's last-16. Having conceded three goals at home in Thursday’s round of 32 first leg, Deila claimed Celtic will need to produce “the best performance…under my command” in Milan to advance.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Paris Saint-Germain's two clashes with Monaco after being handed a suspension. Paris Saint-Germain will be without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their double-header with Monaco next month through suspension. The ban relates to an incident at the end of PSG's clash with Saint-Etienne on January 25, when the Sweden international was booked for a foul on Romain Hamouma, but a disciplinary committee have now deemed the tackle worthy of further disciplinary action.

With Thierry Henry taking coaching sessions for Arsenal's academy players, Arsene Wenger says the youngsters can benefit from his expertise. Arsene Wenger has welcomed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry taking part in coaching sessions with the club's academy players by insisting that the youngsters can only benefit from his expertise. Henry spent eight trophy-laden years at the club between 1999 and 2007 before returning for a brief loan spell in 2012.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Paris Saint-Germain's two clashes with Monaco after being handed a suspension. Paris Saint-Germain will be without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their double-header with Monaco next month through suspension. The ban relates to an incident at the end of PSG's clash with Saint-Etienne on January 25, when the Sweden international was booked for a foul on Romain Hamouma, but a disciplinary committee have now deemed the tackle worthy of further disciplinary action.
Feyenoord will face no UEFA sanctions following trouble in Rome ahead of their Europa League tie with Roma on Thursday. UEFA will take no action against Feyenoord after their fans went on the rampage in Rome prior to the Europa League clash with Roma on Thursday. Police made at least 33 arrests in the Italian capital after trouble flared up ahead of the first leg of their last-32 tie, which ended 1-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Borussia M'gladbach winger Patrick Herrmann has revealed that he could be moving to English Premier League in the near future. The 24-year-old has been one of die Fohlen's star performers for several years now, and it appears he is ready to search for a new challenge.