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Dzeko: We didn’t have our luck

  • 22 June 2014 08:10
  • Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc

A disappointed Edin Dzeko has been speaking about his disallowed goal which could have earned Bosnia a crucial point against Nigeria and kept his side in this summer’s World Cup.

The striker was wrongly ruled offside for his first half strike in last night’s Group F clash, before Nigeria went on to score a controversial winner. The result means Bosnia will leave Brazil after their final group match against Iran.

“The New Zealand official wrongly disallowed a first-half Dzeko goal and then allowed a disputed Nigeria winner from Peter Odemwingie to stand,” reports ESPN.

 ‘"What happened?"’ said Dzeko to reporters at Cuiaba's Arena Pantanal. ‘"The referee happened. I think we are going home, we are sad because of that but the referee should go home too, because he changed the result, he changed the game, and that's why we lost."

"We tried to come back after the goal where there was obviously a foul on our captain and before when I scored a goal it was not offside," said Dzeko. "We fight until the end, but we didn't have our luck today."’

Elsewhere, Pablo Zabaleta has heaped praise on his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi after the Barcelona star's late strike handed the Albiceleste a 1-0 victory over Iran.

“The victory left Argentina on the cusp of guaranteeing their spot in the second round of football's showpiece event,” reports the Global Post.

‘"He is so quick and makes a difference,"’ Zabaleta said after the match.

‘"Sometimes teams defend like Iran and it can be tough when they have all their players behind the ball but Messi is the best player in the world. We know that we need to try to find him. When he gets the ball he can decide the game."’

Moving away from events in Brazil and according to the Mirror, City have beaten off competition from Barcelona and Arsenal to sign Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

“Caballero worked under City boss Manuel Pellegrini when he was manager of Malaga,” writes the paper’s Chris Richards.

 

The Argentine has also played for Spanish outfit Elche. It is thought Caballero could be worth up to £7 million.

 

...The Mirror...

Emanating from the same source this morning is speculation that Atletico Madrid are attempting to lure Alvaro Negredo back to Spain.

“The striker, who Etihad fans call “The Beast” scored 23 goals in his first season with City, as Manuel Pellegrini's men lifted both the Premier League title and Capital One Cup,” writes Simon Mullock.

“But Negredo and his family have struggled to settle in England and his form became affected by homesickness and a shoulder injury to such an extent that he failed to hit the target in the final four months of the campaign.

Negredo

“His slump saw him lose his place in the Spain squad for the World Cup in Brazil, with Vicente del Bosque opting to take Fernando Torres and Diego Costa.

“Negredo hopes City accept Atletico’s offer to hand back the full £20m that they paid Seville for Negredo last summer.

“The La Liga champions and Champions League finalists see him as an ideal replacement for Chelsea-bound Costa.”

Remember anything you read in the papers is merely rumour – we will be first to confirm any movements in or out of the club this summer.

 

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