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Premier League: Arsenal, Spurs trade blows for 4th place; Everton stun Chelsea

London [UK]: Centre-backs Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhaes scored in either half as Arsenal maintained their two-point lead over fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 win at West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal went ahead on 38 minutes when Rob Holding, only in the team because of an injury to Ben White, headed home Bukayo Saka’s corner for his first Premier League goal. West Ham reacted well, though, with Declan Rice’s header expertly pushed away by Aaron Ramsdale before Jarrod Bowen equalised with a smart 45th-minute finish.
But Arsenal scored the winner nine minutes after the break when the unmarked Gabriel met Gabriel Martinelli’s delivery at the back post with a diving header beyond Lukasz Fabianski.

The Gunners move back up to fourth with 63 points after a perfect response to Spurs’ 3-1 win over Leicester City earlier in the day.

Tottenham Hotspur defeated Leicester City to stay hot on the heels of Arsenal in the race for fourth place. Son Heung-min was directly involved in all three Spurs goals to take his tally for the season to 19, three behind Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.

Leicester’s Patson Daka hit the post early on before Harry Kane headed in from Son’s 20th-minute corner for his 19th goal in 18 appearances in all competitions against Leicester. Kasper Schmeichel denied Kane a second goal before Son doubled Spurs’ lead on the hour, slotting in from substitute Dejan Kulusevski’s pass following a brilliant tackle by Cristian Romero.

Kulusevski then teed up Son again to curl in a stunner from distance before Kelechi Iheanacho netted a consolation goal with his own long-range strike in stoppage time. Fifth-placed Spurs move on to 61 points.

At Goodison Park, Everton stunned Chelsea with a 1-0 win that moved them to within two points of Burnley and Leeds United in the fight for safety.

The winner came moments into the second half when Richarlison scored his fourth goal in five matches with a cool finish from Demarai Gray’s pass. (ANI)

 

PREMIER LEAGUE-: KLOPP AND PEP KEEP TITLE CHARGE ALIVE!!

Liverpool completed its 119-day mission to displace Manchester City from atop the English Premier League.

It only lasted a matter of hours.

The status quo was ultimately maintained in what is promising to be another gripping fight for the title between the two giants from northwest England after both teams won on Saturday.

Liverpool was first up, beating Watford 2-0 to make it 10 straight victories in the league.

That meant City dropped out of first place for the first time since Dec. 4 — but not for long.

Pep Guardiola’s team kicked off barely 30 minutes later, at relegation-threatened Burnley, took the lead after five minutes and eased to a 2-0 victory.

Liverpool and City have games in the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday before what could yet be a decisive meeting at City’s Etihad Stadium five days later. One point will separate them heading into that potential title-decider, with seven more games each to play after that.

If third-place Chelsea had any faint ambitions of catching the top two, they were surely extinguished after conceding four second-half goals in a 4-1 home loss to London rival Brentford.

Brentford's Christian Eriksen scores his side's second goal during the...

One of Brentford’s scorers at Stamford Bridge was Christian Eriksen, who netted the second for his first goal in the Premier League since returning from suffering a cardiac arrest at last year’s European Championship. He also scored in back-to-back games for Denmark over the international break.

Wolverhampton kept up its push for a finish in the European positions by beating Aston Villa 2-1 while Leeds drew 1-1 with Southampton and last-place Norwich held Brighton 0-0 and is now seven points from safety.

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Liverpool may have been under full strength but even in defeat it was a test emphatically passed by Steve Cooper’s burgeoning Nottingham Forest side. The hosts displayed impressive defensive discipline and shape to keep Liverpool out for 78 minutes,  They almost certainly would have been awarded a spot-kick had Ryan Yates altered his direction slightly and aimed to draw more significant contact from Alisson, the kind of trick pulled so often by Premier League forwards for the benefit of the video assistant referee. The VAR decision to rule Diogo Jota onside for the winner was also very tight. Forest caused Jürgen Klopp’s men problems and had the chances to win the match outright but a lack of ruthlessness with the opportunities they created left Cooper’s side to ponder a couple of marginal decisions that could easily have gone the other way. As Joe Worrall said, Forest went “toe to toe with one of the best teams in the world”.

VIERA FIRES HIS PALACE SIDE INTO WEMBLEY…

Eberechi Eze’s fine first season at Crystal Palace was soundtracked by the fond, paternal shouts of Ray Lewington, who seemed in some games to be present purely for the purpose of in-game coaching Palace’s left-sided attacker. Hopefully Lewington had a Sunday off to shout fondly at his television screen as Eze produced a fine, bold, effective display in the 4-0 FA Cup defeat of Everton. This was significant: Eze’s second start against Premier League opponents since May 2021; an assertive showing after a season struggling with the aftershocks of an achilles injury; and more simply a reminder of what an excellent player he is, so easy on the ball, so progressive in his movement and passing. Palace have a core of high-grade attacking players. Eze against Everton was a reminder that he might just end up the best of that group. Mainly he is just a rare pleasure to watch.

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Bukayo Saka made a point of telling the referee Robert Madley he needed more protection after feeling he had received rough treatment during Arsenal’s win at Aston Villa, but he was given short shrift by Steven Gerrard when his concerns were fed through. “It’s part of the game,” Gerrard said. “The last time I checked, it wasn’t a no-contact sport. I think tackles are allowed, physicality is allowed. He’s a good player, an outstanding talent. I love him. But he can’t complain about that side of it, that’s football. I’m sitting here now with screws in my hips. I’ve had about 16 operations. I’m struggling to go to the gym at the moment. That’s all on the back of earning a living in English football. He’ll learn and he’ll learn quick.” In fairness to Saka, he routinely gets up, dusts himself down and carries on; Gerrard was right that Villa had done little wrong, despite rancour over a fair tackle by Tyrone Mings, and the sense was that the England forward was expressing a longer-term frustration.

WOLVES LOOK TROUBLED..

Whatever madness ensued at Molineux, Wolves allowed themselves to wobble, self-destructing in the wake of Raúl Jiménez’s controversial sending-off. It was a decision that stung Bruno Lage but more so his players. Wolves were chasing a third goal that would surely have put the game to bed but Leeds exposed their frailty to devastating effect and Lage was critical of his team’s mentality, accusing his players of being too concerned about the injured Stuart Dallas; they wilted under pressure. Friday night was the first time they have conceded three goals this season. “We created a lot of chances to score more goals and this is how we need to grow up, we need to kill the game,” said the Wolves head coach. “It happened against Manchester United at home [when they conceded a late winner in August] and it’s happened again. These are the little things and we need to grow up as a team.

CHELSEA INTO ANOTHER WEMBLEY SHOWDOWN..

At times it may have looked simple for Chelsea but Thomas Tuchel begged to disagree. According to the visiting manager, beating Middlesbrough 2-0 to reach the FA Cup semi finals took a “huge effort” from his players. It involved Tuchel adjusting his formation to 4-1-4-1 in order to combat Chris Wilder’s clever pressing game and, as Boro’s manager pointed out, the Championship side were never overrun by opponents who could afford to lose £900,000 a week under Roman Abramovich’s outgoing ownership. If such losses explain why Chelsea’s sale may not be that straightforward they also highlight the excellence of the job Wilder has done on an infinitely tighter budget since succeeding Neil Warnock in November. After beating Manchester United and Tottenham in earlier rounds Boro can now concentrate on securing a play-off place. They and Wilder would grace the Premier League.

PEP’S MANCHESTER TO TAKE ON KLOPP’S LIVERPOOL IN AN EPIC WEMBLEY SHOWDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a surprise to see Jan Bednarek omitted from the Southampton lineup for the FA Cup visit of Manchester City – and indeed the match-day squad. Had the first-choice centre-back picked up an injury? It turned out it was something else, as Ralph Hassenhüttl would explain after the 4-1 loss. “Bednarek has a big game for Poland next week and it seemed to me he is not 100% with his mind for us here today,” the manager said. “I didn’t want to take the risk that he doesn’t make the last step to hurt himself.” It is certainly a big game for Poland. Bednarek’s team will face either Sweden or the Czech Republic on Tuesday week in a play-off for the World Cup finals. Hasenhüttl did not sound overly pleased with Bednarek and maybe it was because his replacement, Jack Stephens, had an uncomfortable afternoon, making errors, including a bad one for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal.

With that win Manchester City are set to take on Liverpool in a mouth watering  semi-final clash against Liverpool.

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You would never see West Ham being a top-four side,” said David Moyes after his team’s attempt at Champions League qualification suffered probably a terminal blow in Sunday’s 3-1 loss against Spurs. “I am a bit annoyed that I am getting asked it, but also I’m quite pleased because it’s telling me we were seen as a side that was getting seen for top four. It should be put as – how well have West Ham done to stay in the race until the last part of season.” Defeatism or realism from Moyes? Surely it was the latter: he is correct that West Ham have been punching above their weight, and his attempt to manage expectation is entirely understandable. It was also predictable that there would be a hangover from Thursday’s win against Sevilla. Happily for the Hammers, they would get the best of both worlds if they can win the Europa League, booking themselves a place in next season’s Champions League via a different route.

 

LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL-: BATTLE OF THE EMIRATES

Title chasers Liverpool travel to the Emirates to take on an Arsenal side full of confidence and talent.

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Both sides marched to convincing 2-0 victories at the weekend, as the Gunners sank Leicester City while Jurgen Klopp‘s side saw off Brighton & Hove Albion.

Exposing Leicester City’s Achilles’ heel from set pieces once again, Arsenal ensured that they would end the weekend still regarded as the favourites for the fourth and final Champions League performance with a clinical showing against the Foxes.

 

Thomas Partey‘s second goal for the club – another header – saw the Gunners break the deadlock after just 11 minutes against Brendan Rodgers‘s side, and Alexandre Lacazette made sure of the result from the spot in the second half after Caglar Soyuncu‘s handball.

Individual brilliance from the likes of Partey and Martin Odegaard capped off another sweeping display from Mikel Arteta‘s side, who have risen back into the top four ahead of Manchester United and are one point clear of the Red Devils with three games in hand.

Arteta has now overseen a stellar run of five consecutive Premier League victories – with Arsenal scoring at least two goals in each of their last four in the top flight – and fourth spot is certainly theirs for the taking after a dramatic turnaround in fortunes from their miserable August.

Only upcoming opponents Liverpool and Manchester City have performed better at home than Arsenal – the Premier League’s most in-form side at the moment – this season, but the Gunners will need to raise their level even more if they are to win a fourth Emirates match on the bounce this week.

How Robert Sanchez managed to evade a red card for his kung-fu-like challenge on Luis Diaz is still beyond comprehension, but the Brighton goalkeeper could only watch the ball trickle into the back of the net as Diaz literally put his body on the line for the team.

Mohamed Salah proceeded to make it 20 Premier League goals for himself and 2,000 Premier League goals for Liverpool from the penalty spot in the second 45, as the Egyptian wing king slotted home after Yves Bissouma‘s handball at the Amex Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp had few qualms about an early kickoff this time around following the Reds’ Champions League exploits, and the second-placed visitors could now move just one point behind Manchester City, with the Citizens being held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Victory on the South Coast marked an eighth Premier League win and third top-flight clean sheet on the bounce for the rampant Reds, who have also prevailed in each of their last five away from home in all competitions and are no stranger to dominant showings against their North London counterparts.

After teaching Arsenal’s youngsters a footballing lesson 4-0 at Anfield earlier this term, Liverpool won 2-0 at the Emirates in the EFL Cup semi-finals after a 0-0 draw on home soil in the first leg, and the Gunners have now failed to score in five consecutive meetings with Klopp’s side since September 2020.

Arteta’s inspired side did not pick up any fresh concerns on Sunday, and the Gunners boss will certainly be tempted to stick with an unchanged XI as Cedric Soares continues to deputise for Tomiyasu.

Smith Rowe is in contention to displace Gabriel Martinelli on the left-hand side, but Arteta may want to be cautious over the England international’s fitness as he resumes his ‘super-sub’ role.

Meanwhile, Liverpool were handed a scare with Mohamed Salah after he left the Amex turf with a foot problem, but the attacker’s issue is not too serious and he could yet make himself available for the midweek game.

Kostas Tsimikas and James Milner are both ill, but Klopp’s side are otherwise in good shape as Ibrahima Konate returns from a knock. Diogo Jota could deputise for Salah if the Egyptian is not risked from the off.

Thiago Alcantara was also named among the substitutes for the Brighton win – most likely with the Emirates trip in mind – and the Spaniard will likely displace Naby Keita in the first XI here.

Mohamed Salah goes down injured for Liverpool on March 12, 2022

TITLE RACE HEATS UP AS MAN CITY SLIP VS PALACE!

Manchester City missed their chance to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League as they were held by a resilient Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

City dominated proceedings, twice hitting the woodwork, while defender Aymeric Laporte failed to find the net with the goal at his mercy in the first half.

Joao Cancelo shows his frustration at Crystal Palace

The result means Liverpool can cut City’s lead to one point by beating Arsenal on Wednesday.

In front of a boisterous crowd, Palace frustrated their opponents although they created little themselves going forward.

A point keeps them 11th as they boosted their own hopes of a top-half finish.

Eight weeks ago, Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League was 13 points – although Liverpool, in third at the time, had two games in hand. After this draw in south London, the gap is now four points.

Liverpool have one game in hand over their rivals, with the pair still to play each other at Etihad Stadium in April.

Pep Guardiola’s side were motivated from the off against Palace, with Joao Cancelo striking the post from range after 30 minutes and Laporte firing the rebound off target with the goal at his mercy.

Captain Kevin de Bruyne struck the base of the post midway through the second half, while Riyad Mahrez forced Palace keeper Vicente Guaita into a fine one-handed save on the follow-up.

And Bernardo Silva also failed to convert a fruitful opening late on, poking Jack Grealish’s pass across goal narrowly wide on an off-night for City’s forwards.

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The champions, who came in to this match having won 16 of their past 18 games, were made to rue their missed chances, and their players cut frustrated figures at the full-time whistle.

The Blues have failed to score against Palace in both league games this season, with the reverse fixture in October finishing 2-0.

Palace are now unbeaten in their past five matches and go to within one point of 10th-placed Southampton as they continue to push for the top half.

Patrick Vieira’s team were happy to sit back at Selhurst Park, and had a number of half-chances on the break, through Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise in the first half and Conor Gallagher after the restart.

Coming into this fixture, the hosts had picked up only one point from a possible 12 across their four home league fixtures in 2022.

But they were encouraged by their loud support and rode their luck at times, holding on against a usually ruthless Manchester City side.

Both sides now turn their attention to the FA Cup quarter-finals next Sunday as Palace host Everton and City visit Southampton.

ARSENAL IN THE DRIVING SEAT!

Arsenal continued their fine form and returned to the top four with an impressive 2-0 win over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Thomas Partey opened the scoring in the early stages and Alexandre Lacazette netted a second-half penalty as Mikel Arteta’s side leapfrogged Manchester United into the Champions League places.

The result extends Arsenal’s winning run in the Premier League to five matches and they still have three games in hand on United.

The defeat leaves Leicester in 12th position in the league table as they set their sets on the Europa Conference League in midweek.

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“We have a very strong belief in the group and play with a lot of confidence,” Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard said.

“We just have to keep going. Everyone believes in what we are doing.”

Arsenal started well and took an early lead after 11 minutes when Partey glanced home from Gabriel Martinelli‘s corner.

It was the 12th goal that Brendan Rodgers’ side have conceded from a corner this season.

Partey almost grabbed his second seven minutes later but his effort from outside of the box crashed off the crossbar and away from danger.

The visitors started to gain a foothold in the game and Arsenal needed Ben White to produce a last-gasp tackle to deny a tap-in for James Maddison.

Leicester came close to equalising after 36 minutes but Aaron Ramsdale produced a stunning save to thwart Harvey Barnes‘ close-range header.

The hosts were awarded a penalty after 59 minutes following a long VAR check as Caglar Soyuncu handled Partey’s goalbound header off the line.

Lacazette stepped up and hammered the ball into the top corner from the spot to double Arsenal’s lead.

Emile Smith Rowe made his comeback from injury off the bench and almost grabbed a goal late on but was denied by Kasper Schmeichel.

The Gunners host second-placed Liverpool at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich sanctioned by UK

The sale of the club  on hold as activities such as selling new tickets banned!.

Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich attends the UEFA Women's Champions League final
ROMAN ABRAMOVICH

European football champions Chelsea are among the assets of Roman Abramovich frozen by the British government after he was sanctioned for his close links with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Abramovich, who had been under scrutiny following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, had announced he was selling the Premier League club last week.

That process is now on hold, leaving the west London club, ranked by Forbes as the seventh most valuable in world football at $3.2bn, in a state of limbo, operating under a special government licence through May 31 that allows it to keep playing.

“The licence is a safety net to protect the sport, the Premier League, the wider football pyramid down to the grassroots game, loyal fans and other clubs. It will deprive Mr Abramovich of benefitting from his ownership of the club and mean he cannot circumvent UK sanctions,” the government said in a statement.

The billionaire was among seven wealthy Russians who had their assets frozen under British sanctions on Thursday.

Team activities from selling new tickets to signing players were instantly restricted.

Chelsea was put up for sale last week as calls grew for the owner to be sanctioned for his close links to Putin’s regime, with Abramovich saying the proceeds would go to a foundation started by him for the victims of the war. The sale process is also subject to government approval.

“While the current license does not permit the sale of the club at this time, the government is open to a sale of the club and would consider an application for a new license to allow for a sale,” the government said. “Proceeds from any sale could not go to the sanctioned individual while he is subject to sanctions.”

The government called Abramovich a “pro-Kremlin oligarch” who is worth more than 9 billion pounds ($12bn), and should be punished due to his association with Putin. Abramovich was also linked with “destabilising … undermining and threatening” Ukraine.

Abramovich, whose fortune was made in oil and aluminium during the chaotic years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, has not condemned Russia’s invasion of its neighbour in two statements since the war began two weeks ago.

The British government said Abramovich has obtained financial benefits from Putin’s administration, including contracts in the buildup to Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The Russian bought Chelsea in 2003 for a reported 140 million pounds ($184m) and his investment has resulted in the most successful era in their history as they won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League twice.

The football club said it would seek changes to the licence under which it must now operate.

“(We) intend to engage in discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the licence,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“This will include seeking permission for the licence to be amended in order to allow the club to operate as normal as possible.”

Sports journalist Gavin Hamilton told Al Jazeera that sanctions will make it “very difficult” for Abramovich to sell the club.

“He has lent the club 1.5 billion pounds ($1.97bn) over the course of his ownership. He was prepared to write those debts off. But now if the assets are frozen, Chelsea are officially 1.5 billion pounds in debt and unable to repay that,” Hamilton said from London.

“No potential owner is going to be prepared to take on a club with that sort of amount of debt, and when the assets have been frozen in the future,” he added.

Restrictions

Anyone with tickets until the end of the season in May can keep on going to matches but no new tickets can be purchased, which affects the ability of any away fans to go to Stamford Bridge.

The club also has to stop selling merchandise at its shop.

Staff, including players, can continue to be paid. The club’s wage bill was almost 28 million pounds ($37m) a month in the most recent accounts.

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The club has been effectively placed under a transfer ban since it cannot spend on registering new players, while there are doubts over the ability to offer new contracts.

Only 500,000 pounds ($657,000) can be spent on staging each match at Stamford Bridge, including on security and catering.

A maximum of 20,000 pounds ($26,300) can be spent on travel to matches. Chelsea plays in France at Lille in the Champions League next week.

Premier League: Rodri late winner helps Manchester City defeat 10-man Arsenal 2-1

London [UK]: Rodri scored a stoppage-time winner to give Manchester City an 11th successive Premier League victory as the leaders came from behind to defeat 10-man Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday.
In a flying start, City’s Ruben Dias headed just wide before Gabriel Martinelli’s shot was blocked by Ederson at the other end. Arsenal broke the deadlock on 31 minutes to reward an impressive first-half display when Bukayo Saka swept in from Kieran Tierney’s pass. It was the first time Pep Guardiola’s side had trailed in a league match since October 30.
But City levelled on 57 minutes when Bernardo Silva was adjudged to have been fouled by Granit Xhaka, following a VAR review, and Riyad Mahrez converted the penalty.
Within 60 seconds Martinelli then hit the post following Nathan Ake’s goalline clearance, and less than a minute later Arsenal were reduced to 10 men as Gabriel was booked for a second time.
Although the Gunners dug in resolutely, Rodri popped up to poke in a last-gasp winner from close range.
City are now on 53 points, 11 clear at the top but having played one match more than second-placed Chelsea. Arsenal remain fourth with 35 points.

Premier League: Southampton’s match against Newcastle United postponed

London [UK]: Southampton’s match against Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium, due to be played on Sunday, has been postponed, Premier League announced on Friday.
Newcastle continue to have ongoing COVID-19 cases and injuries that led to their match against Everton being called off earlier this week. The Board accepted the postponement application as the club do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper). This is the 18th League game to be postponed in the month of December.
The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. “We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans,” the statement from PL read.
“The League is aware that the decisions recently to postpone matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.”
“The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday,” the statement added.
In the latest on Thursday, following a request from Norwich City, the Premier League Board agreed to postpone the club’s fixture at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, due to be played on Saturday.

Bangladesh Premier League to kick off from Jan 21, final on Feb 18

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: The 2021-22 season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will begin from January 21 with the final scheduled to be played on February 18.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the players’ draft will take place on Monday. During the BPL game, a team has to select three foreign cricketers. BPL governing council chairman Ismail Haider Mallick said Bangladesh is prepared to hold the tournament and teams registered have to make payment before the showpiece event begins.
“There was a bit of uncertainty regarding the BPL. We had to consider whether the Bangladesh team can finally play in New Zealand due to the Covid situation. We were prepared to hold the BPL,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Haider Mallick as saying.
“Six teams have registered with us. We have a few conditions for them – they have to guarantee the participation money. They have to make this payment before the tournament starts,” he added.
BPL will be staged across three venues across Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram.

Premier League: Centurion Raheem Sterling shines as Man City beat Wolves

Manchester [UK]: Raheem Sterling scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester City defeated 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.
In a goalless opening 45 minutes, Raul Jimenez was dismissed in first-half stoppage time for collecting two yellow cards in 31 seconds. The Mexican was booked for a foul on Rodri and then prevented the resulting free-kick from being taken. After the break, City upped the pressure and Ilkay Gundogan had his header cleared off the line by Conor Coady.
The hosts were then awarded a penalty when Joao Moutinho was adjudged to have handled the ball. Sterling converted down the middle for his landmark goal on 66 minutes.
City extend their lead at the top to 38 points, four clear of Liverpool who face Aston Villa later on Saturday. Wolves remain eighth on 21 points.

Premier League: Pep Guardiola wins manager of the month for 10th time

London [UK]: Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League’s manager of the month for November 2021 on Friday.
Guardiola claims the award after a month in which Manchester City won all three Premier League matches. Guardiola has now been named manager of the month 10 times, giving him the competition’s joint third-highest total alongside West Ham manager David Moyes. Only Sir Alex Ferguson (27) and Arsene Wenger (15) have claimed the award on more occasions. Man City started November with a 2-0 derby victory at Manchester United and followed up by keeping a second consecutive clean sheet in a 3-0 home success against Everton.
Their winning streak continued by beating West Ham United 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
That run of results moved the champions to within one point of the top of the table, before they reached the summit with consecutive wins at the start of December.
The 50-year-old won after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts, beating fellow nominees Steven Gerrard and Jurgen Klopp.

Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool register victories

London [UK]: Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea registered victories in their respective matches of the ongoing Premier League 2021-22 season.
Chelsea is currently at the top of the Premier League standings and Thomas Tuchel’s side is one point ahead of the second-placed Manchester City. Liverpool is in the third position, two points behind table-toppers Chelsea.
Chelsea defeated Watford 2-1 with the goals coming from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech for the Blues.
Liverpool thrashed Watford 4-1 with the goals being registered by Jordon Henderson, Mohamed Salah (brace) and Diogo Jota for the Reds.
Manchester City defeated Aston Villa 2-1 while Southampton and Leicester City played out a 2-2 draw.
Later today, Arsenal would square off against Manchester United while Tottenham Hotspur will take on Brentford.

Match between Spurs & Burnley postponed

Lancashire [UK]: Sunday’s Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Burnley FC has been postponed after adverse weather conditions.
The weather in the northwest of England has had an impact in Lancashire, where Burnley were due to play Spurs at Turf Moor. With the snow continuing to fall in the stadium with less than an hour to go until kick-off, the volume of snow coverage on the pitch was deemed too much for the game to be played.
Having earlier checked the pitch around lunchtime, match officials had waited for Antonio Conte and his Tottenham team to arrive at the ground shortly before 1 pm before a decision over the game was made.
“GAME POSTPONED Due to concerns with the playing surface and surrounding areas, it’s been deemed that the game can’t go ahead safely. #UTC,” Burnley FC tweeted.

Premier League: Man Utd’s woeful run continues as Red Devils lose against Watford

Watford [UK]: Manchester United’s woeful run continued in the Premier League on Saturday as the Red Devils lost against Watford.
Watford defeated Manchester United 4-1 on Saturday and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s club is positioned at the seventh spot in the points table with 17 points from 12 games. For Watford, Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro, and Emmanuel Bonaventure got on the scoring sheets.
For Manchester United, Donny van de Beek registered the lone goal.
Watford managed to score two goals in the first half while United pegged one back in the second half.
However, Pedro and Bonaventure put the final nail in the coffin in the second half, and as a result, Watford emerged triumphant.
Watford is now at the 16th position with 13 points from 12 games.

Lukaku, Kovacic out of Leicester game

London [UK]: Forward Romelu Lukaku will not feature in Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Leicester on Saturday, head coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed.
It’s been almost a month since the Chelsea striker injured his ankle during a Champions League game against Malmo, in what was his 11th appearance of the season after re-joining the club in the summer. When asked about the availability of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Mateo Kovacic, who were all missing prior to the pause for international football, Tuchel in a post-match press conference on Friday as per Chelsea’s official website said: “I can tell you Mateo and Romelu are out for the game in Leicester. Romelu is very close to team training, hopefully, he will join the squad on Sunday. Let’s see how this works out. He is pushing hard and trying to come back as soon as possible. We will try on Sunday.”
“Mateo will take more days until he is ready to join team training. He will miss some more matches.”
“Timo is in team training since yesterday,” added Blues’ boss in better news. “Let’s see. We have another training. Then we will decide if it makes sense if he’s maybe in the squad or on the bench. We can only decide after his second training later.”
Chelsea would be hoping to receive the services of Lukaku by next week as they will face Juventus in Tuesday’s Champions League game and Manchester United in next weekend’s Premier League meeting.

Salah : Player of the Month

London [UK]: Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named Premier League’s Player of the Month for October 2021 after the team thrashed Manchester United by 5-0 in the Premier League match, last month.
The Egyptian scored a hattrick against United and brought his side a 5-0 victory. Apart from that, he even scored singles against Manchester City and Watford. It is Salah’s fourth Player of the Month award, first won in November 2017, following February and March 2018.
Salah had nine goal involvements in league games in October, helping Liverpool to two wins and two draws.
The 29-year old was followed by Phil Foden, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben Chilwell in the nomination list.

Gerrard named Villa manager

London [UK]: Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday announced the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the new head coach.
Gerrard guided Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, finishing the campaign undefeated in the league. The 41-year-old has attracted many admirers in the game for his work in transforming the fortunes of the Glasgow giants while also implementing an attractive, attacking style of football.
Gerrard, who enjoyed a glittering playing career with Liverpool and England, joined Rangers in 2018 following a spell as an Academy Coach at Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard in an official release said: “Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach.”
“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims,” he added.
Further talking about his appointment, Gerrard said: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club. Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.”

Newcastle Gets New Coach

London [UK]: Premier League club Newcastle United appointed Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach on a contract until summer 2024.
The 43-year-old arrives on Tyneside having left AFC Bournemouth last summer, ending a long affiliation with the Cherries as a successful player and manager. As well as amassing more than 300 senior appearances for the south coast side as a player, he also has the distinction of managing AFC Bournemouth through all four tiers of English football, culminating in five years in the Premier League between 2015 and 2020.
“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family. This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players,” said Eddie Howe in a statement.
“I would like to thank the club’s owners for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together,” he added.
Newcastle United co-owner, Amanda Staveley said, “We have been incredibly impressed by Eddie through what has been a rigorous recruitment process. As well as his obvious achievements with AFC Bournemouth, where he had a transformational impact, he is a passionate and dynamic coach who has clear ideas about taking this team and club forward.”

Man Utd’s criticism is always there, it does not bother me, says Cristiano Ronaldo

London [UK]: Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the criticism of the club does not bother him as he has been playing for more than 18 years.
Ronaldo’s comments came after Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Saturday in the Premier League. “The criticisms are always there. For me, it doesn’t bother me because I have played 18 years of football, so I know that one day people will say we are perfect and another day they will say we are crap. I know that and we have to deal with that, but it’s always better when the people praise you and they are happy with you,” Manchester United’s official website quoted Ronaldo as saying.
“Sometimes life is like that, sometimes we have to pass through bad moments and we have to change and we changed today. The team was a little bit under pressure, a little bit sad, but we knew that today we could give a good answer. We played good, we started the game very well. Of course my job is to help the team with my experience, my goals, my assists and I did that today and I feel so pleased with that. But in terms of the team, it was an unbelievable performance in my opinion,” he added.
Talking about the match between United and Spurs, Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all got on the scoring sheet as Red Devils emerged triumphant.
United defeat Spurs 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday to move to fifth place in Premier League standings. The side now has 17 points from 10 matches.
On the other hand, Tottenham has slipped to the eighth spot with 15 points from 10 games.
Ronaldo opened the scoring for United as he registered the goal in the 39th minute of the game. At halftime, the Red Devils had a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Cavani and Rashford registered goals in the 64th and 86th minutes of the game respectively and United gained a 3-0 lead.
Spurs were left searching for answers and in the end, United gained a comfortable victory.
United will next lock horns against Atalanta in the Champions League on November 2 before returning to Premier League action against Manchester City on November 6.

Premier League: Salah, Jota shine as Liverpool thrash Man Utd

Manchester [UK] : Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota all got on the scoring charts as Liverpool thrashed Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday here at Old Trafford.
Liverpool defeated United to move to second place in the standings, just one point away from table-toppers Chelsea. Before halftime, Liverpool registered four goals and they were scored by Naby Keita, Jota and Salah. The Egyptian striker Salah scored a brace in the first half, giving Liverpool a comfortable lead. Salah then went on to complete his hat-trick in the 50th minute of the game as Liverpool gained a 5-0 lead. No more goals were scored in the match, and in the end, Liverpool registered a comprehensive 5-0 win. 

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As he savoured the first Premier League hat-trick of his career, along with kick-starting Claudio Ranieri’s Watford reign in spectacular fashion, Josh King was asked to explain the contrast with his barren time at Everton last season. “I never got given a chance,” he stated, correctly.

Everton gave him plenty on his return. Goodison Park was an incredulous, furious place as a consequence.

One week after enduring a 5-0 defeat by Liverpool, Ranieri’s transformed team turned the tables on Merseyside to inflict a five-goal humbling of their own on Everton and Rafael Benítez. King was central to the rout, albeit with sizeable assistance from his former teammates. The Norway international failed to score in 11 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side and his previous Premier League goal had come on the day Bournemouth were relegated here in July 2020. Prolific at Goodison, just not in an Everton shirt.

Joshua King celebrates after completing his hat-trick.

King, who missed last week’s Liverpool defeat, said: “It is a bit personal. I didn’t really get things going here and I felt like I had a point to prove to myself. I think I did that.”

Ranieri was full of praise for the clinical forward and the character shown by the entire Watford team after falling behind to Tom Davies’ opener after three minutes.

“Every time I spoke to my players I told them: ‘Never, never give up’,” said the new Watford manager.

“Atlético Madrid are one of the best teams at not conceding and lost 3-2 to Liverpool. If they can concede three to one of the best teams in the world then it can happen that Watford concede five, but after that you have to fight for every second ball and every duel.” Something Everton failed to do.

Benítez has built goodwill during his early days as Everton manager but Goodison turned in his 11th game in charge. His team gave the crowd good reason, serving up a truly shambolic defensive performance that turned a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute into a 5-2 defeat by the 91st.

Watford walked in some of their late goals as Everton’s defence disintegrated. There were boos on the final whistle from those fans who remained, boos when young Anthony Gordon was substituted and a few boos when Alex Iwobi appeared from the substitutes’ bench. A lengthy injury list provides no mitigation for a display a woeful as this.

The Everton manager said: “Anthony had a good game but he doesn’t have 90 minutes in him yet. He has to improve his stamina. I thought we needed Richarlison [Gordon’s replacement] because he can score goals and he came on the pitch and scored.

“If we finished winning everyone would say it was a great substitution but we made mistake after mistake and that was the key part of the game.”

Ranieri’s substitutes, Emmanuel Dennis and João Pedro, would have far greater impacts.

Rodrigo hits last-gasp penalty to rescue point for Leeds against Wolves

Rodrigo celebrates after his penalty in added time earned Leeds a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves

Even on the day he chose a system associated more with Mike Bassett, Marcelo Bielsa contrived to halt Leeds’s slide in quintessential fashion. They were spared a second successive defeat by the 30-year-old Rodrigo, but his injury-time equaliser was the product of a faith in youth that has been a constant in Bielsa’s long career.

While leaving a fit-again Kalvin Phillips as an unused substitute, Bielsa turned to two teenagers. Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt are almost half a century Bielsa’s junior. He was manager of Argentina when they were born but Gelhardt brought a happy ending to what Bielsa had termed one of his saddest weeks as Leeds manager.

Perhaps it was a sign of the fearlessness of the young as Gelhardt tore into Wolves; he twice came close to scoring before he was nudged over by Nelson Semedo.

Wolves objected to the award of the penalty – “very soft,” said Bruno Lage – but Gelhardt felt just too fast to stop legally.

Callum Wilson’s overhead stunner earns point for Newcastle at Crystal Palace

Callum Wilson acrobatically volleys in for Newcastle’s equaliser.

A new face in the dugout and still no win. But at least the game began on a positive note for Newcastle supporters as Callum Wilson’s spectacular overhead kick rescued a point against Crystal Palace.

Watched on by the director, Amanda Staveley, in the absence of Yasir al-Rumayyan, Newcastle’s non-executive chairman from Saudi Arabia, the new interim manager, Graeme Jones, showed why he has been trusted with ensuring a smooth transition after Bruce’s departure this week.

A solid if unspectacular performance against vibrant opponents who were desperate to turn a run of draws into victories represented a decent start for the 51-year-old from Gateshead, even if he was grateful for Christian Benteke’s profligacy and the decision to disallow the Belgian’s late goal that would have sealed the points for Palace.

“We came here to win,” said Jones. “That was the intention so the next best thing is a point. It’s a base for us to build from but we all know that there is plenty of work to do still.”

PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP-:Manchester City sweep Brighton aside 4-1

As the final whistle blew, the majority of Brighton’s supporters stood and applauded their side, which to some extent was a curious sight given they had just lost 4-1. But this was a hammering in which the losing team deserved praise having shown character and quality in the second half, dominating possession and territory and securing the goal their efforts deserved. Yet as the home fans cheered so did those in the away end having not just seen a win by Manchester City but another statement of intent.

Four days after dismantling Club Brugge in the Champions League, City were at it again, this time getting the job done in the first half, scoring three times, through Ilkay Gündogan and Phil Foden, twice, during a devastating 18-minute spell. Their approach play was typically quick, slick and accurate and, having secured a fourth goal via Riyad Mahrez’s stoppage-time strike, they climb to second. City will drop back a place should Liverpool beat Manchester United on Sunday but what the champions made abundantly clear here is that when it comes to this season’s title race, they are not going away.

Riyad Mahrez completes the scoring.

This was a collective show of strength by City but one player in their ranks undeniably stood out. Having again been deployed as a false No 9, Foden was again outstanding, displaying intelligence with his movement and excellent technical quality in possession. And then there were his goals. Neither were beautiful – the first a looping, close-range finish on 28 minutes after he had collected Jack Grealish’s pass at the end of a sweeping City counterattack; the second a deflection of Gabriel Jesus’s strike on 31 minutes after the visitors again poured forward having seized possession in midfield – but the fact he was there on both occasions to score was encouraging for City, illustrating this most talented midfielder’s ability to be a poacher for the team.

Pep Guardiola bristled when asked if Foden’s display had persuaded him that, actually, he does not need a striker after all. “One day we’ll lose and you’ll ask me, ‘Do you need a striker?’ I don’t buy this question,” said the manager, but he was nevertheless effusive in his praise of the 21-year-old. “There are players who play positions and there are players who play football – Phil is one of these players,” said Guardiola. “I would like him to play everywhere to be honest because he understands the game so well and he will only improve.”

Phil Foden deflects in Dan Burn’s attempted clearance to put Manchester City 2-0 up. Three minutes later he deflected in a Gabriel Jesus shot to make it three.

Graham Potter was also full of praise for Foden, as he was of City in general, describing them as “top opponents who deserved to win”. Yet the Brighton manager also expressed grievance with how his side went behind on 13 minutes. There was certainly initially an element of controversy to Gündogan’s goal, with the German tapping Bernado Silva’s hooked cross into an empty net after Robert Sánchez, Brighton’s goalkeeper, had failed to properly catch the ball as it looped in the air via a Foden strike. Sánchez insisted to the referee, Kevin Friend, that he been fouled by Jesus in the build-up, and while there was no doubt the Brazilian had put Sánchez off by backing into him as the ball came his way, replays showed he had not fouled him, something confirmed by a VAR check.

From there City went into overdrive, with Silva an especially excellent presence in midfield. Brighton were being ripped apart, partly through their own sloppiness in possession, and come half-time there was no escaping the sense that the hosts were in serious trouble. A first defeat in six games felt inevitable and a second 7-0 scoreline of the day was not out of the question.

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It was to their immense credit, then, that Brighton responded so well after the break. Having changed his side’s formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 at the start of the game, Potter changed the system again, this time to 4-3-1-2, and it formed the basis for a far more aggressive and assured display by the hosts. Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard both forced Ederson into saves before the Brazilian was beaten on 81 minutes via a penalty he gave away after fouling Enock Mwepu, who impressed having come on as a 58th-minute substitute. Alexis Mac Allister, another substitute, converted the spot kick.

“The team were amazing [in the second half],” said Potter. “I was impressed with everyone.”

Having been understandably subdued during the first half, the home spectators were now in raucous mood, clearly sensing their side could strike again. And there was another goal, but it belonged to City after Mahrez scored for a seventh time this season via a lashed close-range finish. The man who played him in with a clever pass? Foden.

PREMIER LEAGUE WEEKEND BEGINS AS ARSENAL TROUNCE THE VILLAINS 3-1

Arsenal dominated from the off and were deserved winners against an Aston Villa side who got their tactics all wrong.

There have been sufficient false dawns for the Mikel Arteta project that it would be unwise to ascribe any game as the moment it went “bang,” as he would describe it, without a fair chunk of hindsight. However, as a blueprint for what Arsenal could be one need look no further than this impressive 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Emirates Stadium was rocking. Throughout his tenure, Arteta has been at pains to point out how much he and his players need that support. The players fed the collective energy and fed off it, pressing with an intensity that is at best seen in patches, stringing together passing moves and taking shots at volume. 

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“I think the chemistry is there,” Arteta told CBS Sports. “I think the connection is getting stronger and stronger. I think that they are both enjoying what they have to do. 

“They are a big part of our team. When there are moments where the stadium lifts our energy lifts, our belief, our confidence. I think they were terrific tonight.”

Thomas Partey’s first goal for Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s volleyed rebound to a penalty and a deflected strike from Emile Smith Rowe were enough to secure three points against an opponent who seemed utterly shellshocked by this invigorating, effervescent side.

The win is only enough to squeeze the Gunners into the lower reaches of the top half, some way short of where they aspire to be, but more performances like this and Arteta can afford to start looking up.

In a sense, this was a rerun of the first 10 minutes against Crystal Palace, the period leading up to Aubameyang’s opener, but this time it was elongated over the full 45. In every facet of the game, Arsenal were exceptional. The numbers bore it out. For the first time since Arsene Wenger’s final home match in charge, they denied a Premier League opponent a single shot, let alone one on target, in the first half.

In terms of expected goals (xG), the 2.57 they registered in the first half was the highest in a top-flight match since the start of the 2017-18 season. That number was artificially inflated by Emiliano Martinez saving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty only to see the rebound slotted beyond him. Discount that from the equation and it still beats the free-flowing victory over Everton early in the captain’s time at the club to top spot in the charts. It was as complete a performance as any Premier League manager could hope for.

Mikel Arteta celebrates a fine Arsenal performance.

There may have been some fortune in the penalty they were awarded on the stroke of halftime, referee Craig Pawson using the on field monitor to conclude that Matt Targett had got more of Alexandre Lacazette than the ball, but that balanced out an altogether more convincing shout earlier in the half when a free kick had been awarded for a coming together between Ezri Konsa and Lacazette the defender seemed to initiate by grasping a chunk of opposition jersey.

If not a penalty, it was probably a 50-50 that should not have led to the ruling out of Aubameyang’s side footed finish to give them a nine-minute lead.

These players seemed to have swiftly learned the lessons of Monday. The intensity did not abate after Partey’s opener. If anything, they and the goalscorer himself — whose two excellent chances from headers, one converted, might encourage him to kick his addiction to low value efforts from 30-plus yards out — became more aggressive. Saka ought to have done better with his first-time finish from Nuno Tavares’ cross, too close to Emiliano Martinez’s outstretched legs.

Arteta had also learned his lessons. Lacazette was inserted from the outset after his point-saving cameo on Monday, he proved to be the accelerant to those around him. Suddenly, Aubameyang had someone to combine with. Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe weren’t being asked to thread the needle over 15 yards to a lone striker, but instead had someone dropping deep to give and go. Arsenal seemed to have no idea how to break down a back three in earlier games this season. Now their No. 9’s movement was creating seams for him and others to attack.

Arsenal had moved on from their disappointing result last time out. Aston Villa seemed to have come straight off the pitch from theirs. This was a rerun of the final 10 minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers, when they had turned a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 defeat. Certainly, they did not seem ready for the intensity of the occasion, either from their opponents on the pitch nor the boisterous Emirates Stadium crowd who serenaded Martinez with a recurring chant of “Aaron Ramsdale, he’s better than you.”

“I can’t accept the first-half performance,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. “We got dominated physically. It’s something I wouldn’t aim at my players normally and haven’t through a lot of games here. 

“We can talk about tactics, systems and style of play but unless you do the basics it’ll be a struggle.”

Even after Jacob Ramsey’s elegantly taken goal in the 82nd minute, they were second to loose balls, John McGinn and then Leon Bailey running into Gabriel-shaped roadblocks.

Villa were timid in every tackle and seemed to have no plan for progressing the ball up to their front two of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings. Until a shot early in the second half, you could have been forgiven for thinking Emiliano Buendia was elsewhere, so starved was he of time on the ball.

It made for a stark contrast with the other man in the No. 10. Villa had submitted two offers for Smith Rowe in the summer, deemed so derisory by Arsenal as to sour relationships between the clubs and their fanbases. If picking a star performer seems unreasonable after such a complete team performance the youngster was certainly among those who shone the brightest. Whenever there was an attack to be built, he was on hand to offer assistance. Passes that have not always found their man in recent games were in just the right spot to trouble the visiting defense.

The goal, when it came, brought with it a release of emotion that can only come from a boyhood Gooner, playing the sort of football he grew up watching. Certainly, Aubameyang’s clipped pass over the top was one to rank among the many great assists this team has produced. There might have been a hefty slice of luck in the way the shot skewed Tyrone Mings but the sheer jubilance of its celebration felt like a vision for what Arteta wants his Arsenal to be.

PL: Spurs dominate against Newcastle while West Ham edge Everton

London [UK]: Harry Kane netted a superb goal and made another for Son Heung-min to help Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-2 comeback win at Newcastle United.
In Steve Bruce’s 1,000th match in all competitions as a manager and in front of Newcastle’s new owners, the home fans were given a dream start when Callum Wilson headed in Javier Manquillo’s second-minute cross. Spurs were level on 17 minutes with Tanguy Ndombele’s superb curling finish after Sergio Reguilon had picked him out. Kane then turned the match on its head with a clipped finish from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s precise through-ball for his first league goal of the season.
Lucas Moura headed against the crossbar on 39 minutes before play was stopped due to a medical issue in the crowd. Shortly after play resumed in first-half stoppage time, Son’s close-range finish from Kane’s assist put Spurs 3-1 up.
After the break, Newcastle substitute Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a second booking. Eric Dier’s 89th-minute own goal gave the hosts hope, but Spurs held on to move up to fifth on 15 points. Newcastle remain 19th with three points.
Elsewhere, Angelo Ogbonna’s header earned West Ham United a 1-0 victory that ended Everton’s perfect home record this season and moved them above the Toffees into seventh place.
In an evenly contested first half, Alex Iwobi squandered an opportunity to put Everton ahead from close range following Abdoulaye Doucoure’s 22nd-minute cross. After the break, Salomon Rondon headed agonisingly wide for Everton while West Ham’s Pablo Fornals curled his shot just off target as the teams traded chances.
But with 16 minutes remaining, West Ham took the lead when a superb corner kick from Jarrod Bowen was headed in by Ogbonna from close range. West Ham’s victory takes them to 14 points, ahead of eighth-placed Everton on goal difference.

Liverpool’s biggest game of season so far, says Henderson ahead of clash with Man City

Liverpool [UK]: Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson stressed the need for the club to be at their ‘very best’ when they face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds entered the weekend occupying first place in the Premier League standings, with the reigning champions one spot beneath them after six rounds of fixtures. Writing in his column in the official matchday programme, Henderson detailed his immense respect for Pep Guardiola’s side, having battled intensely with them for honours in recent seasons.
Liverpool skipper said: “There’s no doubt that today’s game is our biggest of the season so far. The Premier League table tells us this, recent history and the aims of the two clubs tells us this.”
“As an opponent, Manchester City are as strong as they come and we welcome them to Anfield in the knowledge that having got a great result at Chelsea last weekend they will be looking for another one today.”
“City’s record under Pep Guardiola speaks for itself. From a Liverpool perspective, they set the standards that we had to live up to before we could become champions and any team which wants to win the league this season will know that their chances of doing so will be maximised if they finish above City. “
Liverpool who is currently second placed in PL will clash with defending champions Manchester City on Sunday. Notably, Merseyside club has failed to score a non-penalty goal in each of their last three meetings with Manchester City, but their in-form forwards will be confident of ending that run at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are the competition’s top scorers with 15 goals in six matches, while Man City have conceded just once all season in the league. Between them, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota have had direct involvement in 12 of those goals.

Old Trafford has always been magical place for me, says Ronaldo

Manchester [UK]: After impressing one and all on his second Manchester United debut, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Old Trafford has always been a magical place for him and there is a reason why it is called ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
“My return to Old Trafford was just a brief reminder of why this stadium is known as the Theater of Dreams. For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind into,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post. “Along with all my teammates and with the amazing support that we always get from the stands, we face the road ahead with confidence and optimism that we’ll all be celebrating together in the end,” he added.
Further in his post, Ronaldo said: “Proud to be back at Man. United and playing in the Premier League once again, but above all, happy to help the team! Let’s go, Devils.”
Ronaldo scored twice on his Manchester United return as they defeated Newcastle United by 4-1 in Saturday’s Premier League match. United as of now are at the top of the table in the league, as their unbeaten start to the season continued at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba assisted Bruno Fernandes and substitute Jesse Lingard for the other two goals of United.
The 36-year-old forward scored just before the half-time whistle from very close-range before Newcastle pegged United back in the second half through Manquillo’s goal. Visitors were only level for six minutes though before Ronaldo got his second, hitting the shot through Woodman’s legs.
Fernandes fired in a third from the edge of the D before Lingard wrapped things up in stoppage time after coming off the bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo set for second Manchester United debut against Newcastle today

Manchester [UK]: Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will have a role to play in the Premier League match against Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Portuguese will definitely make his second debut for the club, the United boss confirmed at a press conference on Friday. Ronaldo has been training with his new teammates for the first time this week as the team prepares to welcome Steve Bruce’s side to Old Trafford at the weekend. “He’s been having a good preseason with Juventus, he’s played for the national team, he’s had a good week with us here. He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure,” Ole said as per manutd.com.
Ronaldo has been in terrific form recently, as last week he scored his 110th international goal during the World Cup qualifying match against Ireland to surpass Iran legend Ali Daie’s tally in the all-time men’s scoring record. He first netted a goal in the dying minutes of the match to save the game and then fired another in the stoppage time as Portugal defeated Ireland 2-1 in the World Cup. With that goal, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has now scored 111 international goals and is now leading the charts.
In the press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also praised Edinson Cavani for his role in Cristiano Ronaldo re-taking the iconic no.7 shirt at Old Trafford. The Portuguese wore that famous jersey throughout his six seasons as a Red between 2003 and 2009, but it was not available when his transfer back to the club was confirmed last month.
Cavani wore the no.7 shirt throughout his successful debut season at United and the incredibly popular striker began this campaign with it too, during his substitute appearance at Wolves.
“Edinson has been remarkable,” praised Ole. “Cristiano spoke with Edinson and they spoke to each other. And to pass on his shirt just shows the respect he’s got for Cristiano, but also Cristiano speaking to Edinson shows the respect the other way. Two top, top professionals and players.”

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