De Futebol

Tomorrow is the final day of the EPL.  The Telegraphs Ben Rumsby wrote: “The title race and battle to avoid relegation ended last week and the European places have been all but decided. Yet there are more than 100 million reasons why there is still plenty to play for on the final day of the Premier League season.

A record £104.4 million in prize money is up for grabs on Sunday, as clubs scramble for as big a helping as possible from the league’s vast pot of merit payments.

Almost two-thirds of Premier League clubs go into their last game with their place in the final standings undecided, and therefore facing what, for many, could be their single most lucrative top-flight match ever.

That is almost certainly the case for Leicester City, whose 6-1 home thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night ensured up to £15.2 million would be at stake in their match at Bournemouth.

The deposed champions could theoretically finish anywhere between eighth and 16th, depending on their result and those elsewhere, with each place in the table worth an additional £1.9 million in prize money. Bournemouth have up to £6.6 million riding on the outcome of the game, given they could end up between eighth and 12th.

Four teams will also play for up to £11.4 million, including West Ham United and Burnley, who meet at Turf Moor. The two sides will finish the season between 10th and 16th, and 11th and 17th, respectively.

With all clubs guaranteed an estimated £85 million each from the bulk of the Premier League’s income, as well as around £1 million for every live televised match in which they have featured this season, that £11.4 million figure may appear relatively trivial.

But West Ham’s co-chairman, David Sullivan, left no doubt about the importance of that extra money to his side. “It’s vitally important,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “We budget to finish 10th. If we finish lower than 10th, we have a hole in our finances which impacts on our ability to buy players and pay players’ wages next season.”

It is a similar story at Crystal Palace, who stand to make a fortune if Manchester United – already guaranteed to finish sixth – play a weakened team against them at Old Trafford ahead of the Europa League final next Wednesday.

The Palace manager, Sam Allardyce, said: “Yes, the budget will get bigger if we can go up a couple of places. The chairman has pointed that out to me, like every chairman I’ve worked for, which is always an important part of each year’s growth.

“The higher you can finish in the league, the bigger and better the prize money. So, if we can get a result at Old Trafford then that will be fantastic.”

Allardyce also revealed that his players’ end-of-season bonuses depended on how high the club finished in the table, a policy unlikely to be unique to Palace.

The fourth club playing for up to £11.4 million is Stoke City, who travel to play a Southampton side who have £3.8 million at stake on the outcome.

Swansea City, having been in a relegation battle almost all season, have the chance to give a misleading look to the final standings and snatch an extra £7.6 million in the process when they host West Bromwich Albion.

Victory could catapult Paul Clement’s side up to 13th, although they are up against opponents who have £4.7 million on the line as a result of being able to finish anywhere between eighth and 11th.

In fact, the only games in the final round of fixtures where nothing is on the line come at the home of the new champions, where Chelsea entertain a Sunderland side anchored to the bottom, and Hull City. Neither the Tigers, in 18th, or Tottenham, in second, can budge, regardless of their results.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/05/19/premier-leagues-meaningless-final-day-still-worth-100m/

De Futebol

Flamengo and Atletico-MG tied nil-nil the Copa do Brasil.

Globo Esportes: “Três dias depois do título Carica, o Flamengo voltou ao Maracanã, mas, dessa vez, a torcida não teve muito motivos para comemorar no empate sem gols com o Atlético-GO. A partida de volta das oitavas de final da Copa do Brasil será no dia 24, no Serra Dourada, quando uma vitória simples classifica o rubro-negro carioca. Quem saiu mais feliz nesta quarta-feira do estádio foi Éderson, que voltou a campo após um longo tempo no departamento médico. Ele não jogava desde 3 de julho do ano passado.

— Fiquei muito feliz de estar de volta aos campos e jogar com meus companheiros. Joguei um pouco mais de 20 minutos. É óbvio que preciso de ritmo e entrosamento, o que vem naturalmente — afirmou Éderson. — Fiquei muito feliz e emocionado. Lutei bastante e tive muita paciência. Gracas a Deus, tive o apoio da torcida.

Antes do jogo, Zé Ricardo justificou o time quase completamente reserva pela condição física dos titulares. Entre os que começaram a final contra o Fluminense, apenas Alex Muralha, Rafael Vaz e Renê estavam em campo. Heroi das vitórias sobre o Universidad Católica, pela Libertadores, e o Fluminense, no Carioca, Rodinei começou atuando como lateral-direito.

O time não teve dificuldade para controlar o meio-campo. Nos primeiros 15 minutos, os jogadores rubro-negros estiveram com a bola nos pés pos 74% do tempo. Apesar disso, a equipe tinha dificuldade para chegar com perigo. Enquanto isso, o time goiano que atuava na defesa teve as primeiras grandes chances. Aos 20, Igor chutou de fora e exigiu a defesa de Muralha. Após o escanteio, a equipe teve nova oportunidade, quando Ricardo Silva, livre e com opções, chutou mal de fora da área.

Os lances parece ter despertado o rubro-negro, que, no entanto, não conseguiu abrir o placar no primeiro tempo. Aos 22, Matheus Sávio chutou para fora após ajeitada de Leandro Damião. Três minutos depois, Gabriel chutou por cima do gol. Aos 29, Damião se antecipou em saída do goleiro Klever e cabeceou com perigo. A bola vagarosamente saiu à esquerda da trave. A um minuto do fim, o goleiro mostrou reflexo ao defender cabeceio de Paquetá.

Na volta do intevalo, o Flamengo foi a campo com Pará no lugar de Gabriel, o que fez Rodinei atuar como um ponta direita — o que fizera contra Universidad Católica e Fluminense. Aos 8, ele acertou a trave após cruzamento de Matheus Sávio.

Apesar da boa chance, o rubro-negro parou de assustar tanto que, aos 23, quando Éderson correu para entrar em campo no lugar de Matheus Sávio, a torcida foi à loucura. Ele não entrava em campo desde 3 de julho do ano passado. Aos 30, nova vibração na torcida quando Vizeu entrou no lugar de Damião.

Sem conseguir criar, o time começou a ouvir vaias. Aos 40, veio o susto quando Walterson, na área, isolou a bola.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/misto-do-flamengo-so-empata-com-atletico-go-na-copa-do-brasil-21322941#ixzz4gloX2dob