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VIDEO: Dries Mertens finishes off brilliant Napoli goal v Lazio - BeSoccer EN
Dries Mertens added the final touch to a flowing move from Napoli, as they scored the fourth goal in a 4-1 win against Lazio in the 2017-18 campaign.
Napoli host Lazio on Saturday at the San Paolo on the final matchday of the Serie A season. Lazio took the lead after three minutes through De Vrij, but Napoli fought back well. Callejon made it 1-1 just before half-time and then Wallace put through his own net to give Napoli a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute. Rui's goal two minutes later put Napoli 3-1 up and then Mertens put the icing on the cake 17 minutes from time. Napoli are in 7th on 59 points while Lazio are in 4th on 78 points.
Schmeichel thinks people are being unfair to De Gea - BeSoccer EN
David de Gea is once again being criticised by many. Luckily for the Man Utd keeper, he does have some backing. Kasper Schmeichel, the Leicester keeper, has come out in his defence.
It has not been an easy week for David de Gea. The Spanish goalkeeper was singled out for his performance in the FA Cup semi-final, but the former Atletico Madrid goalie has received support from the Leicester keeper. Kasper Schmeichel says that people are being cruel with De Gea. Leicester and United face each other in a huge game on Sunday. The former Danish goalkeeper recalled that whoever plays in net always gets the most criticism. "Goalkeepers are going to get scrutinised. For me, the important thing is context. The kind of scrutiny he's getting at the moment is very harsh." "There are no goalkeepers analysing on TV or in papers so I feel the criticism he gets is very unfair. "They'll go into deep technical things which, with the greatest respect, they don't actually know the truth. To just hammer someone the way he sometimes does get hammered, I find is unfair," he added. Without doubt, David de Gea will appreciate that someone has come out in his defence. Someone who knows how difficult it is to be a goalkeeper.
Football has lost one of the greats – tributes pour in for Jack Charlton - BeSoccer EN
Floods of tributes have come in for Jack Charlton following his passing, with his impact both as a player and manager recognised.
Geoff Hurst said the football world has "lost one of the greats " as tributes poured in for Jack Charlton after the World Cup winner died aged 85 on Friday. It was announced on Saturday that the Leeds United and England great had passed away following a long battle with ill health. Charlton won 35 caps for England and was part of the squad that lifted the World Cup on home soil in 1966. The inspirational centre-back made a record 773 appearances during 23 years with Leeds, winning the league title in 1969 as well as the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Fairs Cup twice. Charlton went on to become a manager and led the Republic of Ireland to their first major tournament at the 1988 European Championship before masterminding a run to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals. Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in England's World Cup final win over West Germany, said Charlton will be hugely missed. "Another sad day for football. Jack was the type of player and person that you need in a team to win a World Cup," he tweeted. "He was a great and loveable character and he will be greatly missed. The world of football and the world beyond football has lost one of the greats. RIP old friend." Another sad day for football. Jack was the type of player and person that you need in a team to win a World Cup. He was a great and loveable character and he will be greatly missed . The world of football and the world beyond football has lost one of the greats. RIP old friend — Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 11, 2020 Paul McGrath and John Aldridge were key members of Charlton's Ireland squad and they expressed their sadness at his passing. Former centre-back McGrath tweeted: "Absolutely gutted. Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya." Absolutely gutted Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya Thinking of Pat, John and Peter at this sad time #thanksforthememories pic.twitter.com/qstCVbCK4C — Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) July 11, 2020 Aldridge, the prolific ex-Liverpool striker, posted on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted that BIG JACK has passed away! What a football man. Loved and adored, specially [sic] in Ireland. "The best manager I was lucky to play for. The times we had on and off the pitch was priceless! My thoughts are with Pat and the family! RIP my good friend Never Forgotten !!" Absolutely gutted that BIG JACK has passed away!What a football man,,Loved and adored,specially in Ireland.The best manager I was lucky to play for.The times we had on and off the pitch was priceless !my thoughts are with pat and the family!RIP my good friend Never Forgotten !! — John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) July 11, 2020 A message on the Football Association of Ireland's Twitter account said: "The FAI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever." We'll never forget. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam #RIP pic.twitter.com/5lxVX326vI — FAIreland (@FAIreland) July 11, 2020 A post from the England national teams on the same platform said: "We are devastated by the news that Jack Charlton, a member of our World Cup-winning team of 1966, has passed away. Our deepest sympathies are with Jack's family, friends and former clubs." We are devastated by the news that Jack Charlton, a member of our World Cup-winning team of 1966, has passed away. Our deepest sympathies are with Jack’s family, friends and former clubs. pic.twitter.com/eSGjbOpo7Y — England (@England) July 11, 2020 Tony Cascarino, who also played under Charlton for Ireland, also paid tribute. "A very funny man, a very sensitive man, a very loyal man, a family man," Cascarino told talkSPORT. "I knew he was bed-ridden over the past 19 days. It's very sad and I'd like to think I'd remember Jack for very happy reasons." He added: "He was fabulous. It feels like I've lost a family member. Out of all the years I knew Jack, he never talked about winning the World Cup once; he never mentioned it."