Sorensen on how to save a Shearer penalty

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Thomas Sorensen saved the second most penalties in Premier League history.

Thomas Sorensen played over 400 games in the Premier League during stints at Aston Villa, Sunderland and Stoke City, so there is not much about top class goalkeeping he does not know.

The current Melbourne City goalkeeper was Peter Schmeichel’s successor with Denmark and went on to play 101 matches for his country, making him their eighth-most capped player of all time.

Perhaps, though, Sorsensen will be best remembered for his penalty-saving exploits.

Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo have both had penalties saved by the Dane and here, Sorensen reveals to Sport360 how he used to get into opposition penalty taker’s heads and why he experienced so much success in this area.


Thomas Sorensen was hosting a special coaching session at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City, on behalf of City Football Schools players.












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Terry signs new one-year contract at Chelsea to end exit talk

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John Terry.

Terry sparked fears he was on the verge of leaving Chelsea against his will when he claimed in January he hadn’t been offered an extension to his contract, which was due to expire in June.

With Italy coach Antonio Conte due to take charge at Stamford Bridge once his Euro 2016 commitments are over, it had been reported Terry could be eased out by the new boss.

But the 35-year-old former England defender was offered the new deal last week and, after speaking to Conte and Blues owner Roman Abramovich, he agreed to extend his 21-year stay with Chelsea by at least another season.

“I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club. Everyone knows I’m Chelsea through and through,” Terry told Chelsea’s website.

“I am looking forward to next season under the new manager and hopefully we can make it a successful one.

“Also, a special mention to the fans for their continued support. You’re the best in the world.”

Terry signed for Chelsea at the age of 14 and has made 703 first-team appearances, the third-highest in the club’s history, with a club-record 570 of those as captain.

He has won a glittering array of silverware with Chelsea, establishing himself as one of the club’s all-time greats with four Premier League title, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Europa League and the Champions League, although he was suspended for that final triumph against Bayern Munich.

Terry also won 78 England caps before his retirement from international football in 2012.

“We are delighted John will spend another year at the club,” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said.

“He has been the leader of the Chelsea squad throughout the most successful period in our history.

“He recently reached the 700-appearance mark, which is testament to his professionalism and dedication as well as his undoubted talent.”

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LVG upbeat on Man Utd future

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United beat Bournemouth 3-1 in their final fixture on Tuesday – a game held over from Sunday due to a bomb scare – but it was not enough to take them into the Champions League places as they finished below fourth-place Manchester City on goal difference.

United must now beat Crystal Palace in Saturday’s FA Cup final to salvage something from their season and there were ripples of dissent towards Van Gaal in the form of boos as he began a post-match address to a thin home crowd.

But despite persistent speculation linking Jose Mourinho with his job, when asked if he would still be in place on the first day of next season, Van Gaal, who took over at United in 2014, replied: “Yes. Because I have signed a three-year contract.”

Van Gaal conceded that United’s fifth-place finish represented a “step back”, but said that Leicester City’s title triumph proved that anyone could win the title next season.


Needing a 19-goal win to pip City to fourth place, United had to wait until the 43rd minute to go ahead as Marcus Rashford dummied Anthony Martial’s pass for skipper Wayne Rooney to tuck away his 100th league goal at Old Trafford.











Rashford, named in England’s provisional Euro 2016 squad on Monday, made it 2-0 by thrashing home from Antonio Valencia’s knockdown and Rooney then freed substitute Ashley Young to add a third.


But in stoppage time Chris Smalling sliced Max Gradel’s shot into his own net to gift Bournemouth a goal that prevented David de Gea from earning a share of the Golden Glove – awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets — with Arsenal’s Petr Cech.


Van Gaal described the goal as “an irritation”.


United finished the campaign with just 49 league goals to their name — their worst tally since 1989-90 — and despite decrying perceived poor fortune with penalties, Van Gaal could not disguise his team’s attacking shortcomings.


“Defensively we are one of the best teams in the Premier League, but attacking-wise we have to improve,” he said.




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