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Monday cannon fodder: farewell thrashing trap

Qingdao Huanghai v Zhejiang Greentown - 2019 China League One Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images

Premier League/England

Women’s Continental League Cup: Ellen White scores first goal for Manchester City - BBC Sport
Manchester United win again, while Ellen White scores her first Manchester City goal in the Continental League Cup.

Lampard loved what he saw from Pulisic in his latest standout performance | SBI Soccer
For the second consecutive week, Christian Pulisic scored a league goal for Chelsea.

Rodgers: I’m certainly not going to trap the players - Football365
Brendan Rodgers does not want to “trap” his Leicester players by telling them to target Champions League football.

Guardiola accuses Mane of diving after Liverpool’s late win at Aston Villa
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has accused Liverpool’s Sadio Mane of diving.

Europe

Union Berlin 1-0 Hertha Berlin: First Bundesliga meeting between east and west Berlin halted by flares - BBC Sport
The Bundesliga’s first derby between east and west Berlin is interrupted after flares were thrown on to the pitch.

Napoli 2-2 Atalanta: ‘Buffoonery from referee led to Carlo Ancelotti being sent off’ - BBC Sport
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says “buffoonery from the referee” led to coach Carlo Ancelotti and his assistant being sent off against Atalanta.

Brescia’s Mario Balotelli subject to racist abuse at Verona | Football | The Guardian
Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the pitch during Brescia’s away game against Verona after racist chants were directed at him.

Alfredo Morelos drives Rangers through to League Cup final | The Guardian
Rangers beat demoralised Hearts 3-0 in the Scottish League Cup and will play Celtic in the final.

Niko Kovac leaves Bayern Munich after Eintracht Frankfurt thrashing | The Guardian
Bayern Munich have dismissed their manager, Niko Kovac, after a 5-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt.

European roundup: Barça lose at Levante as Frankfurt thrash Bayern | The Guardian
Barcelona were stunned by Levante’s comeback in a 3-1 defeat while Eintracht Frankfurt crushed 10-man Bayern Munich 5-1.

Athletic Bilbao are on a journey to find ways to win beyond ball games | The Guardian
Athletic Bilbao is a model for how smaller clubs can express their identities in an era of super-club domination.

Rest of the World

Yaya Toure sent off in possible China farewell appearance - BBC Sport
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is sent off just 10 seconds into Qingdao Huanghai’s final match of the season.

Other

Nicklas Bendtner: ‘Henry tells me to shut up. I shout back that he should shut up’ | Football | The Guardian
In an exclusive extract from his new book, the Dane describes hiding in the ladies’ toilet at the Arsenal academy, a bust-up with Henry and enjoying the nightlife with his agent

Jürgen Klopp tells football authorities to put player welfare before their wallets | Football | The Guardian
Jürgen Klopp has said the time has come for football authorities to put players’ interests before their own wallets.