what did you miss: andre onana calm over prospect of barcelona return

06:30    11 Mar 2019

Andre Onana
Ajax’s Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana is calm over the prospect of a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

The Indomitable Lions shot-stopper has been tipped to return to the Camp Nou at the end of the current season.

Onana was on Barca’s books as a youngster before transferring to the Eredivisie side in 2016. He has since gone on to be a regular for Erik ten Hag’s team and is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming goalkeepers in Europe.

With Barcelona set to lose Jasper Cillessen, Onana has been touted as a replacement and possible competition for current number one Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Yet the Cameroon international insists he has had no contact with the Catalonia club.

He told Marca: "There hasn't been any contact, or at least none that I know of.

"You have to talk to my agent to ask what the situation is. I think I'm able to play for a big team, but I'm already at a club with the chance to do big things.

“I already said that returning to Barcelona would be a dream, but right now I'm fulfilling another one. We'll see what happens."

Yordenis Ugás lashes out following split decision defeat

Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas, 32, has expressed his desire for a rematch against Shawn Porter following a split decision defeat to the American in California on Saturday evening.

Porter retained his WBC welterweight title following a contentious decision. Two judges decided in favour (116-112; 115-113 respectively) of Porter, while the other tipped Ugas (117-111).

Victory improves Porter's record to (30-2-1, 17KOs) while Ugas falls to (23-4, 11KOs). Ugas expressed in the aftermath that he was shocked by the outcome, labelling the decision as "terrible".

“Even when they announced “split decision” I thought they were still going to give it to me,” Ugas told BoxingScene.com. “I didn’t think they were going to rob me.

“I think the judges and the referee made a terrible decision tonight.

He continued: "I expected Shawn Porter to fight back more and defend his title.

“He didn’t engage at all. It only goes to show my power and my strength. I thought I won clearly, I thought I won more rounds and I just feel it was a terrible decision.

“100% I would love a rematch. I want to fight Shawn Porter again and prove that I am the better fighter.”

We showed a lot of experience – Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has hailed his side’s composure and experience after claiming a 1-0 win away to Bristol City in the EFL Championship this past weekend.

The Whites claimed a fourth win from their last five matches thanks to Patrick Bamford’s early goal at Ashton Gate, as well as a resilient defensive performance in the second half.

“In the first hour of the game, we could have had a different result and score,” said Bielsa after the match.

“But in the last 15 minutes of the game, the opponent could have drawn the game.

“We played a different game, regarding the style we want to use, in the last 20 minutes of the game we didn’t have the ball and the opponent played in our box with aerial balls.

“In the box, the possibility of making a mistake is higher, in other words, the consequences of any mistakes are different.

“The team showed a lot of experience to play the last 20 minutes of the game, but we would have wished to create more danger in the last 20 minutes.

“We couldn’t launch counter attacks and the feeling that it was a 50-50 game increased.”

Leeds will face a crunch game against a fellow promotion hopeful, Sheffield United, on Saturday 16 March. The match will be live on Fox Sports 1 from 14h25 CAT.
 

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