Robert Lewandowski has detailed what was said during a minor altercation with Lionel Messi during Poland’s World Cup loss to Argentina on Wednesday.
La Albiceleste ran out 2-0 winners to ensure they finished top of Group C. The Eagles still scraped through to the next round on goal difference, but spent part of the match trying not to pick up bookings as it looked like a fair-play tiebreaker could come into play with Mexico.
During the loss, Lewandowski notably hauled down Messi in the middle of the pitch, but when attempting to offer an apology, the current Barcelona forward was ignored by his predecessor.
Speaking to the media post-match, Lewandowski revealed he did get to speak to Messi briefly.
“We talked a bit and it was fun. I told Messi that he was playing more defensively than usual, but sometimes that’s what the team needs,” he said.
“[The incident] was very strange, yes: I was in the centre of the pitch defending, but I knew I had to help the team.”
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Lewandowski, who scored his first World Cup goal in Poland’s win against Saudi Arabia, will prepare to battle France in the last 16 on Saturday, with the winner advancing to face either England or Senegal in the quarter-finals.
Messi’s Argentina will take on Australia on Saturday, who managed to pip Denmark and Tunisia to second place in Group D.
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Liverpool
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