. Eduardo Vargas scored twice as Chile downed fierce rivals Peru 2-1 here Monday to reach the Copa America final for the first time in nearly 30 years despite stars Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal having a subdued night. Vargas, who endured a miserable season on loan at relegated English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers, lashed in a stunning 64th-minute strike as the hosts advanced to the final for the first time since 1987. Vargas had given Chile a controversial lead after 42 minutes, prodding home from close range after the referee’s assistant failed to spot a fractional offside. Peru, who played most of the match with 10 men after Carlos Zambrano was sent off for a reckless challenge on Charles Aranguiz after 20 minutes, came back bravely to force an equaliser through a Gary Medel own goal in the 60th minute. But Vargas, who also had a legitimate goal wrongly ruled out for offside early in the second […]

Petr Cech has opened talks with Turkish club Besiktas over a potential summer move, confirmed his agent. After the return of Thibaut Courtois from a loan spell at Atletico Madrid, Petr Cech has been serving as the second keeper for Chelsea. The stopper has made only five league appearances for the champions this season and it looks like his time at the Stamford Bridge is coming to an end. After spending 10 seasons with the London-based club, Cech is eyeing a move away from Chelsea as he is in search of first team action. The Czech Republic international is believed to have attracted interest from Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. But a move to Turkish club Besiktas is also a possibility. “I have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks,” Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar was qouted by Turkish publication Fanatik. “Turkey is a choice for Cech, but we will decide when the league is over.” While Chelsea […]

Chelsea required an 88th-minute winner from Cesc Fabregas to secure the win against QPR, which extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points. Manager Jose Mourinho believes that Chelsea are “one step closer” to the Premier League title after grinding out a win at Loftus Road. With Diego Costa and Loic Remy both out injured, Premier League leaders Chelsea were short of out-and-out attacking options at Loftus Road and looked set to end the match without troubling home goalkeeper Rob Green. Chelsea who had majority of possession were made to work hard for their victory, as QPR put up a valiant fight, matching Chelsea in most departments around the pitch for the duration of the game. Ultimately, the quality of Eden Hazard, who danced into the penalty area, was the difference. He played a perfect pass to Fabregas,The Spaniard who came into the game wearing a protective face mask after breaking his nose against […]