Thursday Kickoff: Mourinho blames Ramos for draw, Toluca scores big Libertadores win, and more

Thursday Kickoff: Mourinho blames Ramos for draw, Toluca scores big Libertadores win, and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Mourinho blames Ramos for draw, Toluca scores big Libertadores win, and more

BY DAN KARELL

Following Wednesday evening’s 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid boss Jose Mourinho blamed defender Sergio Ramos for the Manchester United goal.

Red Devil Danny Welbeck struck the first goal of the match in the 20th minute with a header into the far post off a corner kick, where he was unmarked. Ramos had been originally marking the Englishmen winger but lost his mark, before Welbeck finished to put United in front.

After the match, the Spanish international echoed his manager’s statements, admitting that in Champions League matches the margin of error is much more minute than in La Liga.

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TOLUCA TAKES DOWN BOCA JUNIORS IN COPA LIBERTADORES

Wednesday night saw plenty of surprising action in the Copa Libertadores, highlighted by Toluca of Mexico’s 2-1 win over Argentinian side Boca Juniors.

The Mexican squad made the 4,140 mile trip worth every penny with a comeback victory in La Bombanera. After Boca opened the scoring with a 23rd minute penalty kick goal from Uruguayan forward Santiago Silva, Toluca hit two second half goals, via the right foot of Carlos Esquivel and a wonderful left footed chip from Edgar Benitez.

In other action on the South American continent, Atletico Mineiro and Ronaldinho defeated Sao Paulo 2-1 in a battle of Brazilian squads in Group 2, while Uruguayan side Peñarol defeated Deportes Iquique of Chile 2-1 as well, in Group 4. Wednesday also saw Peru’s Real Garcilaso and Santa Fe of Colombia play to a 1-1 draw in Group 6.

SIMEONE INTERESTED IN INTER MOVE

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has stated his desire to manage Inter Milan in the future, according to reports from Sky Italia.

The Argentine native played at Inter Milan in the late 1990’s, before moving to Lazio in the early 2000’s, winning an Italian double with the Rome club. Simeone also played for Atletico, and returned to manage, stating that he would love to do the same for the Milan club he played for.

Since taking over at Atletico Madrid, Simeone has guided his side into second place this season, and won the UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.

QUICK KICKS

Barcelona are interested in signing David Luiz from Chelsea this summer. (REPORT)

Samuel Eto’o has stated that he would have gone to PSG if he had all his personal documents available in time. (REPORT)

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has been arrested on the suspicion of fraud for the second time. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you believe that Mourinho is correct to call out Ramos? What did you think of Toluca’s win? Do you see Simeone leaving Atletico after this season?

Share your thoughts below.

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