Lucas Torreira was hurt following a collision with his Arsenal teammate Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)‘He’s given us a lot but I had to get him off because he wasn’t feeling good.’Matteo Guendouzi was introduced at the start of the second period and although Arsenal lost their stranglehold on the match and conceded an equaliser to Jordan Ayew, Arteta was pleased with the way the young Frenchman equipped himself.He said: ‘Matteo was really good when he came on as well, but Lucas has been in good form.’Despite Palace’s numerical advantage following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card, Arsenal came closest to stealing all three points when Nicolas Pepe’s shot was diverted onto the post by Vicente Guaita before the Spaniard smother Alexandre Lacazette’s follow-up.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘That’s what I wanted to see from my team with 10 men,’ added Arteta.‘The reaction was really, really positive and they wanted to win the game. They went for it and we had three or four really good situations.‘We created the best chance with Nico and Laca. We were unlucky not to win the game.’MORE: Arsenal equal unwanted record after disappointing Crystal Palace drawMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to miss Arsenal’s clash against Chelsea after red card in Crystal Palace draw Advertisement Mikel Arteta explains Lucas Torreira substitution during Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Comment Arsenal star Lucas Torreira only managed 45 minutes against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta confirmed a muscle injury forced him to take influential midfielder Lucas Torreira off at half time during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.The Uruguay international has been one of the main beneficiaries of Arteta’s appointment following a testing spell under Unai Emery who had asked the combative 23-year-old in a more advanced position.Restored to the base of Arsenal’s midfield, Torreira has been in outstanding form recently and was arguably Arsenal’s best player during an impressive opening 45 minutes at Selhurst Park.Torreira was involved in nasty clash with his teammate Nicolas Pepe towards the end of the first half and required lengthy treatment, but Arteta confirmed the former Sampdoria player sustained a muscle injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a muscle injury,’ he said. ‘We’ll have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow. We will know more the day after. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Jan 2020 4:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement
The three referee teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland and France who are at the UEFA Youth League finals are being urged to make the most of the experience on their career paths.Alongside the talented young players currently taking part in the UEFA Youth League finals, three referee teams are gathering experience for tomorrow as they continue on their career pathways.Friday’s first semi-final between Hoffenheim and Porto in Nyon was refereed by a team from Bosnia and Herzegovina – referee Irfan Peljto, assistant referees Senad Ibrišimbegović and Davor Beljo, and fourth official Admir Šehović.The second semi-final pitting Barcelona against Chelsea was officiated by the Swiss quartet of referee Sandro Schärer, assistant referees Stéphane De Almeida and Bekim Zogaj, and fourth official Lionel Tschudi.Monday’s final between Porto and Chelsea at the Colovray Stadium will be refereed by a French team. Referee François Letexier will be accompanied by assistant referees Cyril Mugnier and Mehdi Rahmouni, as well as fourth official Jérôme Brisard.The trio of referee teams have been selected for the finals on the basis of the potential they have shown during the present season, not only in UEFA competitions, but also in their countries’ domestic football. “They have had a good season, and they can be considered, like other referees of their generation, as promising match officials,” said UEFA refereeing officer Marc Batta, who is working as an observer at the Nyon finals along with UEFA Referees Committee chairman Roberto Rosetti. “It’s always rewarding for a referee to be part of the three selected teams for these finals.”The referees are also being given important advice and guidance at the finals. “The referees are in Nyon for three days,” Batta explained, “and we make use of their presence to review their seasons and discuss their future objectives.”“After the matches, we hold debrief sessions about their performances and, if necessary, we use clips of their specific match to be able to give more precise feedback. Roberto Rosetti is attending all three matches, because we are well aware of the importance of observing, monitoring and preparing referees for the future.”As part of UEFA’s comprehensive referee development activities, eight of the 12 match officials chosen for this year’s finals have taken part in the UEFA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) programme, which makes a vital contribution in nurturing young referees in the early stages of their careers.UEFA also instructs all of its referees to protect football’s image. Consequently, the officials at the UEFA Youth League finals are being asked to uphold important values and act as ‘educators’ to the young footballers on the pitch. In managing the players, the referees are playing a key role in helping them to learn values such as respect for the referee and opponents.
Clemson wins 41-17 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 2 Ohio State (-16) vs. No. 10 WisconsinThe Buckeyes can leave no doubt by completing a perfect season in the Big Ten — which would be the first since the conference went to a nine-game conference schedule. The Buckeyes broke open a 38-7 blowout against the Badgers on Oct. 26 in the second half. Look for a similar trend here.Ohio State wins 40-21 and COVERS the spread. Conference championship weekend is here, and the 10 matchups will not only close out the 2019 college football regular season, but also help determine the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 bowls.Plus, it’s just a weekend of great college football matchups, featuring ranked meetings between No. 1 LSU and No. 4 Georgia; No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Wisconsin; No. 3 Clemson and No. 22 Virginia; No. 5 Utah and No. 13 Oregon; No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 8 Baylor; and No. 16 Memphis and No. 21 Cincinnati. Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports InsiderSporting News will pick all 10 conference championship games against the spread to close out what has been a great season. Here’s how we’ve done this season:Straight up: 217-49, .816 (18-1 last week)Against the spread: 148-118, .556 (11-8 last week)Upset picks: 3-16, .158 (1-0 last week)With that, Sporting News’ picks against the spread for every conference championship game (odds provided courtesy of Sports Insider as of noon ET on Monday, Dec. 2):No. 5 Utah (-6.5) vs. No. 13 OregonThe Pac-12 championship, played on Friday night, is must-watch material. The Utes can potentially punch their Playoff ticket with an impressive performance against the Ducks, and they have covered each of the last eight weeks since losing to USC. The Utes won a 32-25 thriller against Oregon last year, and this one could be similar. We just have a feeling Oregon can start the weekend off with some chaos.Oregon wins 34-33 in an UPSET.No. 6 Oklahoma (-8) vs. No. 8 BaylorStyle points count for both of these one-loss teams if Utah wins. This is a rematch of the classic these two played in Waco on Nov. 16, and it’s on the Bears to prove they are as comfortable as the Sooners on the big stage. Remember, Baylor at one point led the Sooner 28-3 before surrendering the biggest comeback in Oklahoma history. If Oklahoma looks the part, it finds a way to the Playoff as a result.Oklahoma wins 41-34 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.MORE: Week 15 Playoff pictureNo. 20 Appalachian State (-6.5) vs. LouisianaThis is a rematch of last year’s Sun Belt championship game, and the Mountaineers still have some New Year’s Day 6 bowl hope. Zac Thomas is coming off his best game of the season against Troy, and the App State quarterback keeps that rolling against Louisiana.Appalachian State wins 36-21 and COVERS the spread.Central Michigan (-7) vs. Miami (Ohio)The Chippewas are looking to complete a banner first season under Jim McElwain, and former Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady is heating up at the right time. Central Michigan averaged 47.3 points in its last three games. Miami lost its regular-season finale to Ball State.Central Michigan wins 38-28 and COVERS the spread.MORE: Week 15 bowl projectionsNo. 16 Memphis (-10) vs. No. 21 CincinnatiIt’s a déjà vu game for both teams, who met on Black Friday. The Bearcats committed three costly turnovers in that game, and Luke Fickell will throw new wrinkles at the Tigers’ offense. It will be a little tighter this time, but it comes with the same result.Memphis wins 34-27 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.UAB vs. FAU (-7)It’s a matchup of the last two Conference USA champions, and a great coaching matchup between Bill Clark and Lane Kiffin. The Owls have scored 34 points or more in every game of their five-game winning streak, and Kiffin wins a second conference title before looking at some job opportunities in the Power 5.FAU wins 37-27 and COVERS the spread.MORE: A guide to all 10 conference championship gamesNo. 19 Boise State (-13.5) vs. HawaiiThe Broncos won the Oct. 12 matchup 59-37, but they are 3-5 against the spread as a double-digit favorite this season. The Warriors closed the regular season on a four-game win streak and will hang around a little longer this time.Boise State wins 42-31 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 1 LSU (-7.5) vs. No. 4 GeorgiaIf the Bulldogs win, then both teams might end up in the Playoff. It’s a strength-on-strength matchup where the nation’s second-best scoring offense (48.7) meets the second-best scoring defense (10.4). The Tigers, however, prove to be too much in the second half.LSU wins 34-26 and COVERS the spread.WEEK 15 RANKINGS: Sporting News | AP, CoachesNo. 3 Clemson (-29) vs. No. 22 VirginiaThe Tigers have won the last four ACC championship games by an average of 20.5 points per game, so why would this one be any different? The schools haven’t met since 2013, and Virginia should play with confidence after beating rival Virginia Tech. That won’t be enough against a team that has allowed more than 14 points in just one game this season.