Pablo Gállego will play the Clausura final in the First League of Nicaragua. The Huesca forward, the only Spanish footballer who continues to work in times of a coronavirus pandemic, has not only entertained the situation with his goals; it has also stretched its hegemony as much as possible. Managua FC, club for which he signed in the summer of last year, prevailed (4-2) in the capital derby against Walter Ferretti and will face Real Estelí in the tie for the title.After the 0-0 obtained in the first leg, Managua arrived at the National stadium with the obligation to win. The first part was an authentic ode to football. A round-trip match that went to halftime with a draw to two after Walter Ferretti almost instantly matched every shot of the ‘blue lions’. The second act, however, showed who the true pride of the capital is at present: Peralta, in the 73rd minute, and Pablo Gállego, five from the end, put Managua FC ahead, who confirmed his presence in the final for the fourth consecutive tournament and won a ticket for the next Concacaf Champions League. Pablo Gállego once again demonstrated why he is a talisman player: when the Spanish striker scores, Managua FC never loses. So it was for the eighth time this season. The Spanish now faces a double confrontation against Real Estelí -the dates are still to be confirmed-, the club that led him to a country, Nicaragua, where he confesses to being “living a dream”. Against the ‘northern train’ he has already scored two goals this year. Will his legend continue to grow in the final?
Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool’s squad is strong enough to deal with their sudden spate of suspensions.Club captain Steven Gerrard, defender Martin Skrtel and utility man Emre Can are all ruled out of Wednesday’s crucial FA Cup quarter-final replay with Blackburn.But the Belgian No1 is confident manager Brendan Rodgers has built a squad good enough to cope with any absences as they look to keep their season alive by beating the Championship side.“I’ve always said everybody is ready when the gaffer asks them to do a job,” Mignolet told liverpoolfc.com“Everybody works hard in training to make sure when they’re called upon they are there to put in a performance.“If you’re a professional football player, you always have to be ready for when your chance comes about – and I’m sure everybody will be for Wednesday.” 1 Simon Mignolet in action for Liverpool