English Premier League Reviews

first_imgASTON VILLA 2NORWICH CITY 0GOALS:- VILLA: LESCOTT 45th; AGBONLAHOR 51st.Aston Villa claimed only their third win of the season in the Barclays Premier League but remain rooted to the foot of the table, eight points from safety. Joleon Lescott’s headed goal at the end of a dire first half was Villa’s first attempt on target. But Gabriel Agbonlahor doubled the lead after the break to send Norwich into the relegation zone.LIVERPOOL 2SUNDERLAND 2GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 59th; LALLANA 77th. SUNDERLAND: JOHNSON 82nd; DEFOE 89th.Liverpool lost a two-goal lead after thousands of home fans walked out of Anfield in protest over an increase in ticket prices. The Reds led through goals by Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana. An estimated 10,000 fans were still leaving when Adam Johnson replied for struggling Sunderland and then Jermain Defoe stole an 89th-minute equaliser.MANCHESTER CITY 1 LEICESTER CITY 3GOALS:- MAN CITY: AG¸ERO 87th. LEICESTER: HUTH 3rd, 60th; MAHREZ 48th.Leicester moved six points clear of rivals Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League and five ahead of second-placed Tottenham with a shock win at the Etihad Stadium. Robert Huth scored the first of two goals early on before Riyad Mahrez added a second. Huth’s second put Leicester in charge and they held on, despite Sergio Ag¸ero late reply.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0GOAL:- NEWCASTLE: MITROVIC 32nd.Newcastle United claimed a timely and valuable victory to move out of the bottom three. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal in the 32nd minute, when he slotted in from inside the area. Newcastle also went close through Andros Townsend, whose shot hit the post, while Ben Foster denied Mitrovic.SOUTHAMPTON 1WEST HAM UNITED 0GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: YOSHIDA 9th.Southampton earned their fourth win in five Barclays Premier League games, despite a third red card of the season for Victor Wanyama. Saints took the lead when Maya Yoshida converted Sadio Mane’s cross. Wanyama received a straight red from referee Mark Clattenburg for diving in on West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet. The hosts survived a late scare when defender Cedric sliced a clearance narrowly past his own post.STOKE CITY 0 EVERTON 3GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU PEN 11th; COLEMAN 28th; LENNON 42nd.Everton’s revival continued when they moved up to seventh after beating Stoke, who suffered a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat. Romelu Lukaku put the visitors in front with a penalty after keeper Jack Butland had brought down Tom Cleverley. Seamus Coleman headed in a Cleverley corner and Aaron Lennon intercepted a pass before slotting in as Everton went 3-0 up at the break.SWANSEA 1CRYSTAL PALACE 1GOALS:- SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 13th. PALACE: DANN 47th.Crystal Palace ended a run of five straight defeats, thanks to Scott Dann’s fifth goal of the season as Swansea slipped to four points above the Premier League relegation zone. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fine free kick gave Swansea a well-earned half-time lead. Palace equalised soon after the restart with Dann’s close-range finish from a corner.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 WATFORD 0GOAL:- SPURS: TRIPPIER 64th.Tottenham Hotspur moved into second place in the Barclays Premier League table on Saturday as Kieran Trippier’s first goal for the club completed a dominant win over Watford. The former Burnley full back tapped in substitute Dele Alli’s fine low cross. Spurs were denied more goals by former keeper Heurelho Gomes.last_img read more

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Season over at Bayern for Neuer, doubts over World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was part of Germany’s victorious team in the last World Cup but is a doubt for the squad in Russia © AFP/File / ODD ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, May 9 – Manuel Neuer has poured serious doubt on his World Cup chances while his Bayern Munich coach on Wednesday says Germany’s goalkeeper will not play again in the Bundesliga this season.“I do not think it’s imaginable that I go into such a tournament without match practice,” Neuer said at an event on Tuesday night on his Russia 2018 chances. Neuer, 32, has been sidelined by a fractured foot since September and is running out of time to be fit for Germany’s opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.Jupp Heynckes has ruled Neuer out of Bayern’s final league game at home to Stuttgart on Saturday.Bayern’s back-up goalkeeper Sven Ulreich is also expected to deputise in the German Cup final on May 19 against Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.“Manuel will not be in the squad for Saturday’s final home game against Stuttgart, for the cup final the decision is still open,” said Heynckes on Bayern’s website.If he misses the Berlin final, Neuer could only get the necessary match practice in two games before the World Cup — Germany’s friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.“There are still a few games,” Neuer said, but added that he cannot give a date for his return.“There is no prognosis, I have to make the right decision for me, the team and Germany.“It does not help to get distracted.”– Debate rages –Coach Joachim Loew is still expected to include Neuer in his provisional World Cup squad, which will be named next Tuesday and then trimmed down for the final 23-man list.The goalkeeper will have to work on his fitness at Germany’s two-week training camp in northern Italy from May 23 to June 8 if he is to have any chance of playing at Russia 2018.Neuer only recently returned to Bayern training.“I want to improve daily and try to get fit as quickly as possible, so far the steps have been very good and positive,” he said,“I’m trying to continue and then we’ll see if it’s enough.”Neuer is the main concern for Loew, who is also waiting on the fitness of Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng, who has a groin injury, and attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is sidelined by a back complaint.Boateng says having Neuer in goal is key to Germany’s hopes of retaining the title.“He’s our captain and a strong personality, it just makes you feel good when ‘Manu’ is behind you,” said the burly centre-back.Debate is raging in Germany as to whether Neuer should play at the World Cup finals after so long on the sidelines.Oliver Schmidtlein, a former physiotherapist with the German team, told magazine Sport Bild he believes Neuer will not be ready to play in the World Cup’s group phase.“Manuel can’t train more in his current situation, even though time is short, or he’ll risk compromising his recovery, so I think Manuel could be involved at the earliest in the knockout games,” said the former Bayern and Germany physio.“But maybe ‘Jogi’ Loew will also rely on him, because, even if he is not on the pitch, as captain he is important for the team structure.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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