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Arsenal vs Villarreal (0-0) May 6, 2021 Player Ratings and Stats | FootballCritic

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Arsenal failed to reach to the final of the Europa League on Thursday evening after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Villarreal.

Mikel Arteta’s side spent much of the game looking some way off the pace against a determined opponent but ultimately neither side was able to add to the 2-1 scoreline the Spanish side picked up in the first leg.

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In what was always going to be a tricky match, Arsenal needed a midfield that could dominate the game by taking the sting out of it when necessary and push on for a goal if called upon.

Unfortunately Martin Odegaard didn’t really do much of either as he spent much of the game drifting in and out of action.

While the Real Madrid loanee is perfectly impressive with his touches and short passes, he often struggles to take a hold of games and Thursday’s clash was no exception.

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With just one goal and no assists in his last 10 games for Arsenal, Bukayo Saka went into Thursday’s match well aware of the fact that he was due a good performance for his club. Unfortunately it didn’t come.

Over the course of the game the Arsenal winger managed just three crosses from open play, not a single shot on target and just two key passes. Which is well below the standards the young player has set for himself in North London.

In a match that Arsenal could have undoubtedly won with a bit of precision and accuracy in the final third, Saka characterised a clumsy and error-prone performance.

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In only his second start since coming back from fighting Malaria, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s inclusion on Thursday night seemed very bizarre since the player certainly didn’t look like his usual self.

Indeed, that much was evident from the manner in which the Gabon international struggled to create chances and, ultimately, score the goals necessary to win the game and reach the final.

Over the course of the match Aubameyang had just 14 touches of the ball and managed just three shots towards goal before he was subbed off after the 79th minute.

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EURO 2020: Griezmann strike sees France held 1-1 by Hungary at Puskas Arena | XtraTime | To get the best and exclusive sporting news, keep watching XtraTime

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Antoine Griezmann after scoring the equalizer for France in EURO 2020 Group F clash against Hungary at the Puskas Arena on Saturday. Image: Twitter

Xtra Time Web Desk: A second half (66’) strike from Antoine Griezmann helped France to hold Hungary to a 1-1 draw in EURO 2020 Group F clash at the Puskas Arena on Saturday. The result put France on four points to provisionally top the Group of Death. Portugal who plays Germany later in the day can leap frog France if they win.

Hungary took a shock lead against France in a pulsating second Group F match in front of packed home crowd. Attila Fiola combined with Roland Sallai before the wing-back raced through on goal to beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a low shot at the near post in the injury time of the first half.          

World Champions France equalized in the 66th minute through Antoine Griezmann.  Kylian Mbappe latched on to a bouncing long ball from Lloris and though his cross was only half cleared, Griezmann was waiting in the open space to slot it past the Hungarian goalkeeper. It was Griezmann’s 38th international goal for France in 93 games.

Hungary next face Germany in Munich on Wednesday while Portugal and France meet each other in Budapest on the same day.

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Denis Radovan: ‘I never cry. I only sweat out of my eyes’ – Boxing News

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Paul Wheeler talks to Denis Radovan, a middleweight who wishes he could eat like a heavyweight

When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing at the age of seven. My father was always a big boxing fan. One time he took me to a boxing club in our city of Cologne and I just fell in love with the sport.

Favourite all-time fighter:
I couldn’t name just one fighter, as this sport has so many incredible athletes. But one boxer who is always in my top five is Bernard Hopkins. I loved to watch him fight.

Best fight you’ve seen:
It’d have to be the first meeting between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz. That was an all-action fight.

Personal career highlight:
Winning my quarter-final bout at the Youth World Championships in 2010 was a great moment for me. With that win I made history because I became one of the first German athletes to qualify for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games later that year.

Toughest opponent:
The toughest person that I’ve been in the ring with is George Groves. I sparred with him before his fight with Chris Eubank Jnr. He was a very hard and skilful fighter.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
I’d say that my willpower and work ethic are the attributes that have taken me places. My worst attribute? Maybe sometimes I can be a bit too hotheaded!

Training tip:
Always try to have fun, even when the sessions are difficult.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
I don’t have just one favourite meal. I like food in every way. Food is life!

Best friends in boxing:
One of my best friends in the sport is Artur Mann. He’s a very special guy. I hope to see him back in the ring soon.

Other sportsperson you would like to be:
I’d like to be a heavyweight boxer. No weight-making issues – only training and eating!

Last film/TV show you saw:
The last TV series I watched was Money Heist.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Tom Hardy could play me in an action film!

Have you ever been starstruck:
One time I met Evander Holyfield at a gym in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a surreal experience – meeting a legendary champ who fought in so many big fights, including the two famous ones against Mike Tyson. He’s a true legend of the sport. Of course, I had to get a photo with him. That was definitely my most starstruck moment!

Last time you cried:
I never cry. I only sweat out of my eyes!

Best advice received:
Take care of the people that you love.

Worst rumour about yourself:
I’ve never heard any rumours about myself.

Something not many people know about you:
Not many people know that I love to watch trash TV!

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Valencia sign shirt sponsorship deal with Socios – SportsMint Media

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La Liga club Valencia has replaced Bwin with Socios.com fan and will be the first team to promote the company on the kit. This will be a one-season deal and the fans will see Valencia’s official fan token ‘$VCF’ display on the shirt.

The Spanish side also joins some of the major football clubs like Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, AC Milan, Juventus, Atlético de Madrid, AS Roma, Galatasaray to work with Socios. The Argentina national team also works with the firm. 

The company first began to expand its sponsorship portfolio in the United States of America, building an alliance with teams like the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers of NBA. Both the teams were owned by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment. Alexandre Dreyfus, chief executive of blockchain provider Chiliz and Socios.com revealed that partnership with Valencia is the most valuable milestone in the company’s evolution. 

 “This world-first partnership, our fourth with a major Spanish club and 38th overall, will bring incredible visibility to fan tokens and the Socios.com platform, accelerating our mission to shift passive fans into active contributors and create a brighter future for sport – where clubs and fans alike are able to enjoy the rewards created by unlocking the potential of global fan engagement.”

Socios will replace Bwin with the shirt sponsor. Bwin is a betting operator company and had a three-year deal with the club till 2022 but the club was forced to terminate the contract with them as Spain’s new law does not allow to promote gambling in relation to sports and other events. 

Valencia had quite a disappointing season as they finished 13th in La Liga with only 43 points. The Spanishonce used to challenge for the top four spots every year but the new ownership has been a bane for them in the past few years. 

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