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 half, […]

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 […]

Ahead of his first visit to Loftus Road as a manager, Jose Mourinho discussed player availability, midfield choices and the significance of Sunday’s derby with London Rivals Queens Park Rangers. As Chelsea edge closer to the Barclays Premier League title, QPR are scrapping for vital points at the wrong end of the table. Mourinho was focussed on Sunday’s match against QPR as he responded to questions at the pre-match press conference at Chelsea’s Cobham training base. The Chelsea manager confirmed star striker Diego Costa, would not be available for their trip to Loftus Road. “Everybody else is fine and ready,” he said. “Mikel is ready; Fabregas with a mask is ready too. No problems.” “Diego will certainly be back,” was Mourinho’s response when asked about the extent of Diego Costa’s injury. “We have eight matches to play, and if he plays four it’s normal. If he plays three it’s a little bit below what I’m expecting, and if he plays […]

With a knee surgery looming large, ex-Tottenham and West Ham manager Harry Rednapp has decided resign from the Queens Park Rangers job. Rednapp feels that he hasn’t been able to give his 100 percent to the job and believes that it isn’t fair to the fans or the owner. At QPR since 2012-13, Rednapp enjoyed a mixture of highs and lows at the club, getting relegated in his debut season, and then winning a promotion back to the Premier League, courtesy of a playoff win. The return to the top division, however, hasn’t been as smooth as he may have hoped. QPR have been very good at home, especially for a team that has just won a promotion, but away from home the club has struggled immensely. In fact, in the 11 away games, QPR have failed to register a single win or a draw, and lie 19th in the table at the moment. A statement from Tony Fernandes read: […]