first_img MAN CITY OUT LONDON (AP): No Jamie Vardy, no problem for Leicester. Even with their top-scorer suspended, the Premier League leaders still overpowered Swansea 4-0 yesterday to move another step closer to collecting the trophy. The only team which can now catch Leicester is Tottenham, but the preseason 5,000-1 outsiders have their destiny in their own hands. Tottenham are eight points behind Leicester in second place going into today’s game against West Bromwich Albion. Regardless of what Tottenham do in their last four games, Leicester will be guaranteed the top flight for the first time in its 132-year history by collecting five points from their remaining three fixtures. Leicester dismantled Swansea with their biggest win in three months. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice after Riyad Mahrez’s opener and Marc Albrighton completed the rout. “I talked to my players before the match and I said we had a dream so far, now make a dream reality,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “Now is the right moment to push. If Tottenham are better than us, OK, but we have to fight because we will never have this fantastic moment (again). “Now there are only three matches, we know they are very important for our history but for this reason we give everything. We play with our hearts and it’s difficult to beat those who play with the heart and soul.” The attacking threat provided without 22-goal Vardy will have reassured the Foxes they can cope without him for longer. The England striker is waiting to discover from the English Football Association if his one-match ban will be extended over the angry reaction to being sent off in last weekend’s draw against West Ham. “Without Jamie, everyone makes something more and it was a fantastic show to see my players fight and play together,” Ranieri said. By extending their unbeaten run to nine games, Leicester officially knocked Manchester City and Arsenal out of the title race a year after the central England team’s priority was fighting relegation. Fourth-place Arsenal, who have gone 12 years without winning the league, were held 0-0 by Sunderland in yesterday’s other game. It was a valuable point for Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone by going above Norwich on goal difference. “It is frustrating because we play to win the title,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal’s season now rests on holding on to fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, with Manchester United five points behind in fifth place. United also have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Louis van Gaal’s side discovered yesterday that they will face Crystal Palace on May 21 in a repeat of the 1990 final. In a semi-final overshadowed by Leicester’s game, Palace beat Watford 2-1 with all three goals coming from headers. Yannick Bolasie’s opener was cancelled out by Troy Deeney but Connor Wickham restored Palace’s lead. United also beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgLuis Suarez makes his return to football this weekend when he is expected to play for Barcelona against Real Madrid.El Clasico will see Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar take on Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema (Gareth Bale is injured).That is not the only derby taking place, though, as Greek sides Olympiakos and Panathinaikos go head-to-head, so talkSPORT looks at five of football’s craziest derbies, ranked by the arrow to see the top five. 1. Fenerbahce v Galatasaray: Turkey (Intercontinental Derby) – The recent encounter, known as the K?talararas? Derbi, between the two, won by Galatasaray 2-1, saw Gala fans recreate Graeme Souness’ iconic 1996 celebration (picture from @GalatasaraySK). The Scot, then manager, provoked the opposition when he planted a flag into the Fenerbahce pitch after a Turkish Cup final win – fuming was not the word… 3. Celtic v Rangers: Scotland (The Old Firm) – Police in Glasgow may be missing out on valuable overtime after Rangers were booted out of the top flight in 2012, but their health is presumably much better. The back pages are usually dominated for days leading up to this highly anticipated clash. 6 5. Flamengo v Fluminense: Brazil (Fla-Flu), Red Star Belgrade v Partizan Belgrade: Serbia (Eternal Derby), Roma v Lazio: Italy (Il Derby Capitolino) – In Brazil, Flamengo’s football team was created in 1911 after nine players from Fluminense broke away to form a rival side in Rio, while in Belgrade, Red Star and Partizan contest what is known in Serbia as Veciti Derbi – Eternal Derby. The fixture between Roma and Lazio in Italy is well known for the chaos that can follow when the two sides meet in the capital. 2. Boca Juniors v River Plate: Argentina (El Superclasico) – Both clubs were actually formed in La Boca in Buenos Aires, but River left in the late 1930s and set up in the money bags area of Nunez (hence the Los Millonarios nickname) while Boca stayed put. Head to either stadium and it is a see of colour – blue and yellow for Boca Juniors and red and white for River Plate. 6 6 6 6 4. Olympiakos v Panathinaikos: Greece (Derby of Eternal Enemies) – Traditionally Olympiakos represented the working class and Panathinaikos the upper class in Athens. Once the petrol bombs have been dealt with (first image) the local police will tell you that they’re both as bad as each other. Even players aren’t safe… Click the arrow to see five of football’s craziest derbies – This weekend sees two big derby clashes as Real Madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head in Spain, while in Greece Olympiakos and Panathinaikos play out the ‘Derby of Eternal Enemies’. Two hate-filled fixtures, so talkSPORT looks at the world’s most highly-charged football matches. 6last_img read more