Sport Football Fans React as Toffee’s Terrific Run Meets Sharp End
The wrong right-back? Aaron Wan-Bissaka's best qualities are what make him unsuited to Gareth Southgate's England
In England's surfeit of top right-backs, Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka may be the best defensively. That's the problem, writes Richard JollySome of that may not be true, but it is nevertheless notable that Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s decision to put the Congolese flag on his Instagram biography generated suggestions that he is changing his international allegiance. Or, as he played for both the Democratic Republic of Congo and England at Under-20 level, simply opting for the country he represented first.
An impressive five-game unbeaten run for the Toffees came tofollowing a 2-0 defeat on the south coast against Southampton.
Two strikes within the first 45 minutes were enough for the Saints to claim all 3 points from league leaders Everton, with powerful strikes from captain James Ward-Prowse and striker Che Adams finding their way into the Everton goal.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti later expressed his displeasure in defiant, strongly-worded terms as Toffee left-back Lucas Dignefollowing a challenge on Kyle Walker-Peters.
Quiet bars and empty stadiums replace raucous crowds on derby day
Outside both stadiums - Everton's Goodison Park and Celtic's Celtic Park - police had to stop desperate fans from gathering en-masse ahead of their team's derby games.Football fans have not been allowed back into stadiums since football restarted in June and August for England and Scotland respectively.
The sending-off only exacerbated Everton’s woes in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton, with the French international now facing a three-match suspension as Everton were left to swallow their first defeat of the season.
“The red card was a joke,” Ancelotti.
“Maybe the fact that there was a lot of talk all week about Pickford and Richarlison against Liverpool affected the decision.
“We will appeal, to lose a player like Digne for three games like this is not fair.”
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There is a fact that Evertonians can take comfort in. One consolation is that they remain at the top of the Premier League on goal difference, with current champions and local rivals Liverpool being the only other team to match the Toffee’s record of 13 points claimed out of a possible 18.
European nations mixed in their response to virus spikes
Countries across Europe are battling coronavirus infection spikes with new lockdowns, curfews, face mask orders and virus tracking smart phone apps. In a small sign of success, Spain's government said it won't extend a state of emergency in the Madrid region when it expires Saturday, but will look to more local measures. But as the second wave of the global pandemic sweeps across the continent, local and national governments also are facing swelling opposition to the new measures. In The Hague, bar and restaurant owners launched a legal challenge Tuesday to an order to close their doors for at least four weeks.
Although the result was ultimately a disappointment for fans of Ancelotti’s men, there was plenty to unpack. Football fans took to Twitter to have their say…
Some fans were evidently bemused with the result…
David Beckham showcases his culinary prowess with toffee apples .
The footballer, 45, was keen to point out the efforts were all his as he shared a snap of the expertly created treats and told his 64.7million followers that his wife, 46, would try and take credit - yet the work was all him. © Provided by Daily Mail Yum! David Beckham was giving a peek into Halloween festivities in Casa Beckham on Thursday evening as he got to work on making glittery toffee apples David was certainly feeling playful as he shared the images and added the caption: 'I mean come on even I'm pretty impressed with my first try'.