By DAN KARELL
Colombia’s World Cup hopes hang in the balance as of Wednesday night.
AS Monaco’s record signing, Radamel Falcao, suffered what’s been reported as a “serious knee injury” during Monaco’s 3-0 Coupe de France victory against fourth division club Monts Or Azergues, with rumors abounding that the star forward could have suffered torn ligaments in the knee. Falcao was tackled from behind inside the box in the 40th minute by Monts Or Azergues’ Sonner Ertak and had to be stretchered off. Referee Philippe Kalt waived play on instead of awarding a penalty or a card to Ertak.
Following the match, players from both teams pledged their support for Falcao, though Ranieri said that the incident was the referee’s fault.
“If Falcao has a serious injury, it is the fault of the referee,” Ranieri told L’Equipe following the game. “It is not possible to let them play like that. When there are fouls, they must whistle. In case of hard fault, you must leave a yellow card and in case of second hard foul, a red. Tonight, I saw neither one nor the other.”
AS Monaco released a statement after the game saying that Falcao took a knock to the left knee and will undergo further tests in the coming days to determine the “exact nature of the injury.”
Here are some more stories from around the world of soccer:
SUNDERLAND KNOCK OUT MAN UNITED IN LEAGUE CUP PLAY
Like a Hollywood script, it was only right for a match played at a stadium nicknamed the “Theatre of Dreams” to go down to the final kick of the ball.
Following 120 minutes of soccer and nine penalty kicks, Manchester United right back Rafael stepped up and saw his final penalty kick saved by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Manonne, sending the Black Cats to Wembley Stadium where they’ll face Manchester City in the League Cup final. The penalty kick shootout was only the final stage of drama after Man United’s Javier Hernandez scored in the final moments of the second half of extra time to level the aggregate at 3-3.
Man United tied the aggregate at 2-2 when Jonny Evans headed home from close range in the 37th minute, but try as they might, they weren’t able to avoid sending the game to extra time. In a game packed with end-to-end action, Sunderland were given a huge boost when Phil Bardsley hit a low-liner from outside the box that was misplayed by Man United goalkeeper David De Gea and in the net.
Chicharito Hernandez responded two minutes later to send the match into penalty kicks. Both teams struggled to deal with the pressure as seven out of a total 10 penalty kicks were either saved or fired over the bar. Darren Fletcher was the only Man United player to score, while Marcus Alonso and Ki Sung-Yung scored for Sunderland.
CHELSEA ACCEPT MAN UNITED BID FOR MATA
Manchester United fans can take solace that despite falling to Sunderland they’re closing in on the signing of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.
According to multiple reports in England, Chelsea have accepted a £37 million ($61.3 million) bid from Man United for the Spanish international. Mata has found himself consistently on the bench this season under Jose Mourinho and it’s reported that he’s hoping a regular place in the Man United lineup could help him once the World Cup comes around for him to make the Spain squad.
Mata is expected to undergo a medical either on Thursday or Friday and sign a four-year deal with Man United.
MESSI NOTCHES THREE ASSISTS ON MILESTONE DAY
Lionel Messi produced a fantastic display for FC Barcelona on a memorable night.
Making his 400th appearance in a Barcelona shirt, Messi started and assisted on all three of teammate Cristian Tello’s goals as Barcelona defeated Levante, 4-1, in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals. The next game that Messi plays will move him into the top-10 all time in Barcelona appearances.
Since returning to action for Barcelona on Jan. 8, Messi has been in world class form, scoring four goals in addition to the three assists on Wednesday.
A weakened Paris Saint-Germain were dumped out of the Coupe de France by Montpellier at home, despite a goal from Edinson Cavani. (REPORT)
Clarence Seedorf’s AC Milan also suffered a shock defeat in the San Siro, getting knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Udinese. (REPORT)
Carlos Vela scored once and assisted on another as Real Sociedad took a 3-1 aggregate lead in the Copa Del Rey over Racing Santander. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? Worried for Falcao’s World Cup chances? How big of a defeat is Man United’s? Can Juan Mata change their fortunes in the league?
Share your thoughts below.
I hope Falcao can play in Brazil. Horrible; tackle, refereeing and seriously against a 4th division team. I hope Falcao can play in Brazil he has worked so hard and Colombia deserves it! Best wishes Falcao!!!
Ref didn’t even call a foul. Incroyable!
Cooumbia just went from Final Four material to barely making it outta the group.
Cristiano may have Falcao syndrome if he does not watch it or will have weak legs in the U.S. game for having banged too many Brazilian amazonian chicks. USA 3- porkigual 1
Mexico sucks!!!!!! They got lucky beating Panama at home. They simply suck!!! Chicarito is a joke. He can’t create anything like today against Sunderland, missing open net shots. The goal he had was one inch from the line and he still almost hit it over the bar LLOOLLLL And Pijo is a fat little zit.
You don’t want to know what Pijo writes about you.
Calm down guys. Mexico will be second their group and will face holland or spain. In reality, mexico has always giving trouble to holland and mexico has players in spain and even a coach.
As for USA, if they win second place in their group, they will have an easier road since their group is already tough enough.
Mexico is going to have a strong squad, their players in europe have good minutes. They wil be second place of their group and face spain or holland which mexico can.easily beat. As for USA, 🙁 same old luck.
Okay el paso tx, I think you are the same guy who made me wonder about you? What is it with your tendency to hype Mexico’s teams & national team? Are you watching tha much football on the Mexican feeds since you’re on the border? How tha hell do you figure Mexico could beat Holland or Spain easily? Did you see them vs Italy? Japan? Let’s see how the do vs South Korea next wednesday and vs Nigeria in March.
I’ve never done drugs but if I was going to start, I’d want whatever el paso tx is on…
Easily beat Spain or Holland? I’d take that bet any day or the week and twice on Sundays.
I guess you forgot Mexico’s demise when they tried to incorporate their overseas players… and to say they can easily beat Holland AND Spain? you got to be running low on your medicine.
Personally I’ll pull for Mexico because I think if they play poorly it’ll just make CONCACAF look bad. With that said if they play anything like they did during the Hex they aren’t getting out of that group. Cameroon and Croatia are as strong as Costa Rica and Honduras who finished ahead of Mexico in the table with ease.
Mexico already has made CONCACAF look bad. Why? Because they are bad. I rather have Mexico suck and have all of the other CONCACAF teams to great.
LLLLOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL Man, that’s some good mota you are smoking.
As always – total nonsense
Falcao was playing in a match against a semi-pro team?
A pretty stupid move by his manager. Why risk your star against a 4th division team?
He’s coming back from a rather long injury. His boss probably wanted to give him minutes to build back his playing fitness.
Well now he’s back injured and out for 6 to 8 months. WC done.
Remind me how many millions we got for Falcao?
Freddy Montero is a Colombian right?
Yeah. I don’t think his performance at Sporting, no matter how good, is ever going to get him a spot on the roster but maybe Falcao getting injured will get him a spot as low man on the strike force totem pole.
I’m sure Ives will mention this at some point, but Manchester City just bought Melbourne Heart of Australia’s A-League. The Man City brand is growing.
WHY DIDNT JOZY SCORE JOZY NEEDS TO SCORE TO GET TO THE WORLD CUP SQAUD
GLAD TO SEE YOU FOUND YOUR CAPS KEY AGAIN!
SERIOUSLY WHAT IS THE MATA WITH MAN U!!
Didn’t Bullwinkle J. Moose go to Whatsamthetta U?
That should read Whatsthematta U. That’s what happens when you make a quick correction and don’t check before posting.
I’m pretty sure Mario went there too, according to the classic Super Mario Bros. Super Show with Capt. Lou Albano.
I think Johansssson takes his starting spot, assuming that Klinsman ignores all evidence from the last two years that we play significantly better with two strikers.
Yeah, if only Jozy were capable of playing well in Holland for a team like Alkmaar. Wait, he did?
I remember the year while jozy was on fire on hollamd he couldn’t score for usa. He didnt start his goal spree until after the season was over
Sorry but Jozy is too weak for EPL.
weak my butt.
Are you mad, Frank?
make him go away, please.
Bite your tongue! FRANK is awesome! You should go away instead.
Who wouldve thought that Sunderland would have been the first English side to qualify for Europa/Champs league. UNLESS ManCity falls out of the Top 6 or whatever would need to happen (which wont happen).
Nevermind I am wrong. Just checked it……they have to win the cup or next place team in BPL takes the spot. ManU has a chance still