Doctor Sues Neymar in Attempt to Claim Compensation for Attending Birth of Son

?Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been sued by the doctor who helped his partner give birth to son Davi, with Dr. Herbert Kramer seeking compensation for pre-natal and birthing services.

The Brazilian’s partner Carolina Dantas gave birth to Davi Lucca Da Silva Santos back in 2011, with the footballer only 19 years old at the time. The child is now eight, but problems have now arisen surrounding the payment to the doctor.

Neymar Jr

According to Brazil outlet UOL (?via AS), Dr. Kramer sued the pair last month, claiming that he had not been paid the agreed amount for the birthing and pre-natal services offered to the mother of Davi. 

The report goes on to state that the court has ruled in favour of the doctor, but they have been unable to determine the correct amount that he should receive. Because of this, Kramer has now called on the court to listen to an ‘assessor’, who calculated the value of the services provided. 

It goes on to mention that the doctor had initially demanded 50,000 Brazilian reais, roughly £10,900. However, this ‘assessor’ has since taken into account the fact that two other doctors were present at the time of the delivery, therefore resulting in this fee rising. 


The former ?Barcelona man and his partner’s defence team have claimed that Carolina Dantas has paid roughly £3,460 only ‘a few months’ ago, but refused to pay more as it was an ‘exaggerated’ fee. 

There appears to be a certain amount of back and forth at this moment in time, with Kramer responding to these claims by pointing towards the length of his journey from the clinic in Santos to the city of Sao Paolo. 

It is not yet clear how ?Neymar and Dantas will deal with this, but this is just the latest off-the-field controversy surrounding the Brazilian. 

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Brighton 2-0 Norwich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Substitutes Claim Victory for the Seagulls

??Brighton & Hove Albion hosted Norwich City at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with goals from substitutes Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy enough to earn the home side all three points.

Brighton had won their previous two home games in the league, whilst ?Norwich had lost more Premier League games than any other side this season, including winless Watford.

Marco Stiepermann hit the crossbar from 20 yards out in a lively start to proceedings, and Brighton’s Steven Alzate forced Tim Krul into a great save with his foot. Another contentious first-half talking point was the VAR’s decision not to send off Neal Maupay for a late challenge on Max Aarons following a goalmouth scramble in Norwich’s box.

Despite having 15 shots, it took Brighton until the 68th minute to make an impact, with substitute Trossard firing the Seagulls in front with a near post finish from Martin Montoya’s cross. Duffy added a second in the 84th minute with a fine header from a free kick. 


Brighton

Key Talking Point

After a compelling first-half performance, Brighton needed to take advantage of the pressure they were creating against one of the league’s worst defences. The moment came when Trossard was introduced in the 59th minute, finishing neatly to put the Seagulls ahead just before the 70th minute.

The game was crying out for the 24-year-old, and the forward delivered when called upon to earn him consideration for a starting spot sooner or later.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ryan (5); Montoya (6), Webster (4), Dunk (6), Burn (6); Groß (6), Propper (6), Stephens (6); Alzate (6), Muapay (7), Connolly (6)

Subs: Duffy (8), Trossard (8*), Schelotto (N/A)


Star Player

Brighton’s star player was Trossard; the Belgian giving the Seagulls the energy and quality on the final ball which they had lacked throughout the first half, and the winger will be delighted to get on the scoresheet. 

That is Trossard’s second goal of the season and could not have come at a better time, with the 24-year-old hoping to cement his place in the starting XI after being hampered by injury in recent weeks. 


Norwich

Key Talking Point

Teemu Pukki, what’s going on? The 29-year-old started the season on fire for Norwich, scoring six and assisting two in his opening five fixtures. However, the Finn’s drop in form has coincided with Norwich’s decline, failing to muster a single goal involvement in his last five Premier League appearances.

Norwich will have to try and involve their talisman more often if they are to get the best out of him. A tough day at the office for Daniel Farke’s men, who will need to drastically step up their game with a tough run of fixtures on the horizon. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Krul (5); Aarons (6), Tettey (4), Godfrey (5), Lewis (6), Trybull (7*), McLean (5), Buendía (4), Stiepermann (6), Hernández (5), Pukki (5)

Subs: Drmic (5), Cantwell (N/A), Srbeny (N/A)


Star Player

Neal Maupay,Tom Trybull

After a shocking display from Farke’s men, there was not much to choose from in terms of outstanding performers. Tom Trybull put in a good shift, whilst full-backs Aarons and Lewis also played well despite their team’s poor performance. 

The midfielder made some key interceptions and was unlucky to see a shot deflected wide in the 73rd minute. Overall a huge improvement is needed from Norwich, and they may look to dip into the market in the January transfer window.


Looking Ahead

Following this result, Brighton head to Old Trafford to take on ?Manchester United, who fell to defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday, before hosting ?Leicester City on the 23rd November.

Meanwhile Norwich face Quique Sanchez Flores’ ?Watford side at Carrow Road before travelling to Goodison Park to face Marco Silva’s ?Everton after the international break. 


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Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Gunners Pegged Back By Raul Jimenez Goal

?The pressure continues to mount on Unai Emery as the Spaniard saw his team pegged back by Wolves in what proved to be another home draw for the Gunners.

The hosts had struck the first blow through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just past the 20-minute mark, before Raul Jimenez headed home with 15 minutes remaining to earn the visitors their second consecutive point at the Emirates.

The game started with the visitors very much on the front foot, with Arsenal’s midfielders seemingly struggling to adapt to the diamond system deployed by Emery. However, the home side did well to weather the early storm and they quickly found their groove going forward – taking the lead through a tidy Aubameyang finish after some good work from Alexandre Lacazette in the box.

The goal settled the hosts down and they began to dominate proceedings – getting a lot of joy between Jonny and Romain Saiss down Wolves’ left-hand channel. However, chances for Lucas Torreira and Lacazette were squandered and the dangerous visitors grew back into the game towards the end of the opening period, Matt Doherty spurning a golden opportunity to equalise as his left-footed strike was denied by Bernd Leno.

The second period started in a similar fashion to the first – with the visitors on the front foot. However, as Wolves pressed for an equaliser, the home side began to have more joy in transition and their playmakers had a little more space to operate.

Raul Jimenez

Despite the open nature of the contest, the Gunners failed to create anything of substance and with 15 minutes to go, the hosts were pegged back after Raul Jimenez headed home expertly from a lofted Joao Moutinho ‘hook’ into the box from the right.

The equaliser set up a grand-stand finish to proceedings, with Arsenal springing into life once more while Wolves looked their threatening-selves on the counter. However, neither side were able to find a dramatic late winner as Wolves’ defence, that had looked vulnerable in the first-half, stiffened up.


Key Talking Point

A lot has been made of the relationship between Emery and Mesut Ozil in recent weeks – with the Spaniard gifting the German just his second Premier League start on Saturday afternoon.


Slotting into the tip of the diamond, Ozil looked bright throughout – always looking for an incisive pass when on the ball and working hard off it, something that was very much appreciated by the home faithful.

Ozil, along with Dani Ceballos and Lucas Torreira, rotated their positions constantly throughout the first half – confusing the Wolves duo in the middle of the park. In the second period, Ozil’s influence grew as he spearheaded Arsenal’s attacks in transition. He started to take more responsibility by getting on the ball as much as he could late on, but despite his best efforts, Arsenal were forced to settle for another disappointing point at the Emirates.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Leno (6); Chambers (6), Sokratis (6), Luiz (6), Tierney (8); Guendouzi (5), Torreira (6), Ceballos (6); Ozil (7), Lacazette (6), Aubameyang (7)

Substitutes: Martinelli (6), Saka (6), Kolasinac (N/A)


Star Man

It looks like Kieran Tierney is well on his way to becoming a fan-favourite at the Emirates.


After losing out to Adama Traore a couple of times early on, the former Celtic man kept the winger quiet for the rest of the game, while his teammates offered him little protection against the surging runs of Doherty from wing-back.

The Scotsman was sensible in his positioning, very few times did he bomb on into the final third as he was wary of the Wolves threat on the counter. When he did break into Wolves’ defensive third, which was mostly after the equaliser, he did look a threat.

Promising signs from their summer-signing.


Key Talking Point

We all know how dangerous this Wolves side can be when playing against a side that enjoys having possession – but today, they looked more threatening after long periods of possession, rather than on the counter.

Nuno Espirito Santo

The visitors had spells at the start of both halves when they were on top, but they struggled to create much when they entered the final third. A Doherty effort just before half-time was the only chance of any note before the Jimenez equaliser.

Their second-half showing was much improved as their defence started to settle down. The two technicians in midfield began to dictate things in the middle of the park and in the end, they were the side that looked the more likely to get the winner late on.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Patricio (6); Doherty (7), Dendoncker (6), Coady (7), Saiss (5), Jonny (6); Moutinho (7), Neves (7); Adama (6), Jimenez (6), Jota (7)

Substitutes: Vinagre (6), Neto (N/A)


Star Man

It was hard to pick a ‘stand-out’ performer from Wolves’ display this afternoon. However, Diogo Jota did cause the Arsenal backline a few problems with the positions he took up on the pitch.


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Starting as a left-forward, Jota would often drift inside and take up positions between Matteo Guendouzi, who was at the base of midfield, and the Arsenal defence. The Gunners failed to pick him up on a number of occasions and he could’ve had the winner late on after picking the ball up in the left-hand channel before beating two or three Arsenal defenders as he drifted inside, unfortunately, his final touch was a little too heavy as Leno cleared.

His work-rate off the ball, which saw him fill in in midfield to ensure Ruben Neves and Moutinho weren’t out-manned, was also fantastic.


Looking Ahead

Before taking on Leicester at the King Power next Saturday, Arsenal face Vitoria SC in the Europa League on Wednesday in Portugal.

Wolves are also in Europa League action in the week as they host Slovan Bratislava at Molineux on Thursday night. They then return to Premier League action on Sunday, playing host to Aston Villa.

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Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reds Seal Win With Dramatic Late Double

A sub-par Liverpool scored twice in the final three minutes to overcome Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday in the Premier League, with Sadio Mane heading home a last-gasp winner.

The game started very frantically, with both teams looking open. There were numerous chances for both sides in the opening exchanges, with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane coming the closest as he saw his header float just wide. Villa Park erupted, however, as Trezeguet drove home from a John McGinn cross with 21 minutes on the clock. It went to VAR, but the goal stood and Villa had the lead.

A matter of moments later and the Reds had seemingly found an equaliser through Roberto Firmino. However, the goal was ruled out for offside by the linesman, and once again, it went to VAR. It was a very close call, with the Brazilian right on the last man, but the linesman’s decision stood – no goal.  

The away side continued to probe and the shot count was constantly rising, but it appeared as though Jurgen Klopp’s men were going to slump to their first league defeat of the season. However, with on 87 minutes on the clock, Andy Robertson popped up at the back post to head home from a wonderful Sadio Mane cross.

There was still time, however, and Liverpool knew this. The home crowd grew anxious as they saw their home side come under a great deal of pressure. With seconds remaining, Mane nodded home from a corner to seal the win and break Aston Villa hearts.

Here’s the breakdown of the game. 


ASTON VILLA 

Key Talking Point

Villa came flying out of the blocks and looked to take the game to the league leaders. And they were rewarded for this quick start when Trezeguet gave the home side the lead. Although they were perhaps somewhat fortuitous to see Firmino’s strike ruled out for offside, it could be argued that they earned the luck through the spirit and desire of their performance. 

Mahmoud Hassan

Each Villa player never gave their opponents a seconds rest, constantly harrying and chasing down. This rattled Jurgen Klopp’s men and forced them into a number of careless mistakes. However, the pressure eventually told and they conceded late and hearts were then broken as Mane nodded in the winner. 

It was a display filled with positives, but Smith will be disappointed with the late, late goals – especially considering the fact that this isn’t the first time this has happened.  



Player Ratings

Starting XI: Heaton (7); Guilbert (6), Engels (6), Mings (7), Targett (6); McGinn (7), Nakamba (6), Douglas Luiz (7); El Ghazi (6), Wesley (5), Trezeguet (8*)

Substitutes: Elmohamady (6), Hourihane (5), Kodja (N/A)


STAR PLAYER – Each and every Villa defender was sensational in their work, putting their bodies in front of anything that came their way. It was all perfectly encapsulated when three blocks were made consecutively, one immediately after the other. 

However, it is Trezeguet who was the star performer. It was his goal that opened the scoring and gave the home side something to hold onto. But, the goal aside, his performance set the tone for the rest of the team, acting as one of the first lines of the press. 

With Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold constantly looking to get forward, Trezeguet was excellent in tracking his runs and providing cover for Matt Targett. It was a fantastic performance by the Egyptian.





LIVERPOOL

Key Talking Point

Jurgen Klopp opted to rest Fabinho as the defensive midfielder is one caution away from a suspension. As a result, the manager thought it best to drop him to the bench with next week’s top of the table clash with Manchester City in mind. 

However, this decision proved very detrimental on the side, with the Reds constantly left exposed in the early exchanges. Jordan Henderson, the man to move into the deep-lying midfield role, was caught out and made two sloppy mistakes inside the opening 20 minutes. This gave the home side the confidence they needed and took advantage of some woeful marking to move into the lead after 21 minutes.

Jurgen Klop

With Klopp deciding to rest Fabinho, many would have expected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be the man to come into the side, as a result of his fine form in recent times. However, it was Adam Lallana who came into the side, and the Englishman struggled to impose himself on the game. 

Liverpool had chance after chance in the second half, but they appeared like they wouldn’t find a way through a resolute Aston Villa defence. That was until Andy Robertson popped up at the back post to head home and equalise with three minutes remaining, before Mane’s winner. It was not the performance Klopp will have been hoping for, but he will be proud that his team found a way to win while not playing at their best. 


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Player Ratings

Starting XI: Alisson (6); Alexander-Arnold (7*), Lovren (5), Van Dijk (5), Robertson (6); Henderson (4), Wijnaldum (5), Lallana (5); Salah (4), Firmino (5), Mane (7)

Substitutes: Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Origi (5), Keita (N/A)


STAR PLAYER – Liverpool were crying out for some quality in this match and it eventually came in the final five minutes. 

it was Trent Alexander-Arnold who was the Reds’ best player on this occasion, however. The young right-back was always looking to get up the field and provide some width to the attacking play. The away side were primarily threatening from crosses and set-pieces and that was thanks to the quality of the supply – coming from the Englishman. 

After all, it was his cross that provided Mane with the chance to grab the winner and pick up a valuable three points.




Looking Ahead

Aston Villa next travel to take on Wolves next Sunday in the league, before hosting Newcastle on 25 November.

Liverpool, meanwhile, return to Champions League action in midweek, where they will host Genk. They then host Manchester City in a potentially pivotal match at the top of the league on Sunday.

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West Ham Consider Recalling Exciting Prospect From Loan to Make First-Team Impact

?West Ham are weighing up the possibility of recalling Grady Diangana from his loan spell at West Brom, and are ready to offer fellow midfielder Nathan Holland on loan in exchange. 

The Hammers sent their England Under-20 international on a season long loan to the Hawthorns, where the Baggies are managed by the London side’s former head coach Slaven Bilic, scoring four times in ten games. 

Jesse Lingard,Grady Diangana

?Football Insider report that West Ham added a clause into the deal which allows them to recall the midfielder during the January transfer window, and are said to be considering the activation of this clause as they plot their next moves in the transfer window. 

Manuel Pellegrini’s men have not been scoring heavily so far this season, notching just 14 goals in 11 Premier League matches. Should Diangana’s impressive attacking form for the Baggies continue, they may be tempted to use the midfielder during the second half of their season. 

They would also be willing to send out talented youngster Nathan Holland as part of any swap deal. The 21-year-old midfielder is urgent need of some first team football to aide his development in east London, and such a swap deal could also help soften the blow to West Brom of losing such a key player at the midway point of their season as they push for promotion back to the Premier League.

Nathan Holland,Jordi Osei-Tutu

Diangana is an exciting youth product at ?West Ham who broke into the first team last season, scoring two goals in 21 matches in all competitions for the Hammers. He has been at the club since 2010 and is seen as an important prospect for the first team.  

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