PL Week 28: Liverpool, Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea grab wins

first_img–Source: talkSPORT Chelsea put their Carabao Cup Final defeat behind them by claiming London bragging rights against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.Elsewehere, Manchester City kept the heat on Liverpool after their emphatic win over Watford by dispatching West Ham at the Etihad.Manchester United and Arsenal also picked up wins in the capital, while Southampton piled on more misery for hapless Fulham.ARSENAL 5-1 BOURNEMOUTHThe hosts broke the deadlock after just four minutes when the recalled Mesut Ozil slammed home his fifth goal of the season.Sead Kolasinac played the German in and he clipped the ball over the onrushing Artur Boruc.Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 27th minute after some brilliant link-up play with Ozil.But Bournemouth pulled a goal back on the half-hour mark when Lys Mousset fired in after Dan Gosling had taken the ball from Matteo Guendouzi.Arsenal made it 3-1 less than two minutes after the restart, with Laurent Koscielny grabbing the goal.Shortly after Ozil had hit the woodwork, Arsenal made it 4-1 through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.A free-kick from substitute Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal 5-1 up 12 minutes before the end.SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 FULHAMSouthampton forward Charlie Austin put the ball in the net in the early stages, nodding home from close range, but it was disallowed after he was adjudged to have barged Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.However, the hosts did go ahead in the 23rd minute when Oriel Romeu drove home from the edge of the box after keeper Rico punched away a right-wing corner.James Ward-Prowse put Southampton 2-0 up in the 41st minute.Nathan Redmond’s shot from the edge of the box was kept out by Rico but Ward-Prowse was alert to tap home the rebound.LIVERPOOL 5-1 WATFORDLiverpool reminded everyone they are still firmly in control of the title race with an emphatic win over Watford at Anfield.The Reds, who had drawn four of their last five fixtures in all competitions, needed just nine minutes to open the scoring.The hosts had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory in the early stages and were rewarded when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was expertly headed into the top corner by Sadio Mane.While Origi seemed to be a little rusty on the left wing, Mane was taking full advantage of being given a central role in the absence of Firmino.The Senegal international doubled the home side’s lead in the 20th minute following another Alexander-Arnold ball into the area.Salah, as is so often the case, was proving a handful on the right channel for Liverpool and the 26-year-old again tested Foster from an acute angle after jinking his way into the area.A last-ditch block from Craig Cathcart stopped Mane from potentially sealing his hat-trick.But Origi cut in from the left and drove low beyond Foster at his near post to put Liverpool 3-0 ahead in the 66th minute.Mane took a touch and then, with his back to goal, lifted the ball over a flummoxed Ben Foster with an audacious back heel that nestled in the net.The influential Alexander-Arnold had his third assist of the evening, curling a free-kick to the back post, where Virgil Van Dijk thundered his header across Foster with 11 minutes remaining.Van Dijk got his second of the evening moments later with a glancing header from Andrew Robertson’s ball into the area.MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 WEST HAMCity ensured they kept the pressure on leaders Liverpool with a comfortable win at the Etihad against West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini surprised plenty of fans at the Etihad by giving defender Ben Johnson a start at left back in place of the injured Aaron Cresswell.City and West Ham went in at half-time with the score 0-0 after the hosts had bossed possession but failed to make the most of it.The closest Pep Guardiola’s men went to scoring was in the fourth minute when David Silva met Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery and sent a shot against a post.City took the lead in the 59th minute through a Sergio Aguero penalty, awarded after Felipe Anderson brought down Bernardo Silva.Aguero sent Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way as he registered his 18th league goal of the season.CHELSEA 2-0 TOTTENHAMChelsea may have left Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench for the visit of Tottenham, but it was their attackers who made the headlines at Stamford Bridge.Gonzalo Higuain hit the post after half an hour when he sliced a volley from the edge of the area.Spurs striker Harry Kane was involved in an altercation with Cesar Azpilicueta, appearing to move his head towards the Chelsea defender, but referee Andre Marriner took no action.It was Spurs’ turn to hit the woodwork on the stroke of half-time as Harry Winks sent a dipping shot crashing onto the crossbar, but the first half ended goalless.Chelsea went in front in the 57th minute as Pedro got in behind Toby Alderweireld and fired through the legs of Hugo Lloris.The hosts sealed the win when a defensive mix-up saw Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier turn the ball into his own net six minutes before the end.CRYSTAL PALACE 1-3 MANCHESTER UNITEDAn injury-ravaged Manchester United were able to put Crystal Palace to the sword, despite their weakened side.United broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Romelu Lukaku fired the ball into the corner of Vicente Guaita’s net.Having missed an earlier opportunity in the box when unmarked, the Belgian curled home a sumptuous right-footed effort after a rampaging run from the impressive Luke Shaw.Lukaku got his and United’s second goal of the night in the 52nd minute when the Belgium international volleyed home in the box after a goalmouth scramble following Ashley Young’s corner.Palace reduced the deficit to a single goal when Joel Ward made it 2-1, heading home in the 66th minute.Ashley Young gave United breathing space when he made it 3-1 in the 83rd minute.last_img read more

Nelson U14 Girls strike gold at 2012 Sam Steele tournament

first_imgNelson opened the tournament scoring a 3-0 decision over host East Kootenay Rovers.Emily Graeme found the back of the net at the 20th minute to give Nelson a 1 – 0 lead that would hold to the break.Nelson continued to attack and was rewarded by second half goals from Lakpa Dietz and Allie Zondervan.Nelson wrapped up the pool title by edging out Canmore Avalanche 4-1.Bronwyn Sutherland opened the scoring, which was followed quickly with a score by Merissa Dawson to put Nelson in front 2 – 0.Canmore countered with a late first half goal to make the score 2 – 1 for Nelson at the half. The marker was the first allowed by the Nelson squad in six games.The Selects came out strong after the break, with Perkins scoring six minutes into the half followed by a second goal from Sutherland two minutes later.In semi-final action on Sunday morning, Nelson continued its defensive superiority over Kootenay competition by shutting out the Creston Blitz 4-0.Perkins, with a pair, Voisard and Dietz scored for the Selects.The Reps now prepare for the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 5-8 in Kelowna. The hottest team in Nelson Youth Rep Soccer continues to roll over Kootenay opposition.The Nelson Selects rolled to the gold medal at the U14 Girl’s 2012 Sam Steele tournament Sunday in Cranbrook.Nelson won the gold medal by stopping West Kootenay rival Kootenay South 4-0 in the tourney final.“Again (Pat and I) were impressed by the skill and passion of the squad,” said co-coach Paul Burkart.“Running short a few defenders and with several others playing injured, players were asked to play in positions that they normally did not play and did so admirably  — allowing only a single goal in the four games.”The Gold Medal match was a spirited affair with exciting end-to-end action in the first half.Early in the second half, Naomi Perkins broke the deadlock with an absolute bullet to the top corner of the Kootenay South net from a free kick from outside of the penalty area.Bronwyn Sutherland scored five minutes later and Voisard added a single near the end of the game to give Nelson a 3 – 0 lead.last_img read more

Neptunes finish strong at Summer Swim Championships

first_img Division 8 girls fifthDue to the poor air quality from wildfires in the Thompson region, the BCSSA secured indoor space for swimmers to rest in between races at the provincial event. Division 2 girls eighth Cynthia Pfeiffer second in 100 backstroke. Division 5 boys fifth Sage Cowan, fifth-place finish 200-meter individual medley, sixth place 100-meter butterfly, eighth place finish 100-meter freestyle. Division 2 boys eighth Division 5 girls fifth Division 3 girls eighth “Along with (a lot of) highlights, we also had many swimmers place top 16 in their respected events,” said Neptune coach Sarah Broen.Some of the Neptune results included: Nelson Neptune swimmers saw an opportunity to test their skills against the best in the province at the BC Summer Swim Association Championships this past weekend at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Kamloops.Neptunes, which compete in the Kootenay Summer Swim Association against teams from Trail, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kimberley, Creston and Colville, Wash., sent a strong group of swimmers who qualified at the Kootenay Regional meet. Sarah Broen, eighth finish 100-meter butterfly, fourth 100-meter backstroke. Division 3 boys seventh Madeline Holitzki, sixth-place finish100-meter breaststroke.Regional Relay Team Results: Division 6 boys sixth Division 4 girls fifth Division 7 girls fourth Lachlan Bibby-Fox sixth-place finish 100-meter individual medley, second place 50-meter breaststroke.last_img read more

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool’s decision to sell Coutinho to Barcelona was ‘easy’

first_img Philippe Coutinho poses for the media after his unveiling as a Barcelona player on 8 January. Photograph: Eric Alonso/Action Plus via Getty Images Twitter Share on WhatsApp Klopp said: “If I would have said: ‘No way’, the club would have said: ‘OK, let’s try’ [to keep Coutinho] but it was clear there was no chance. It’s not that there was an open question and in the end I had 50% pro, 50% against and had to make a decision. In the end it was quite easy.”He believes it would have been pointless holding Coutinho to his contract, as the club did in the summer, despite the player’s impressive form in the first half of the campaign. “That was a decision I had to make: does it make sense, do I think I can still use him, can he help us still?” Klopp said. “To be honest, it was 100% clear no chance. It was clear he was not ready to do that any more.” news Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Klopp elaborated: “It was not that we had a talk and he said my head is somewhere else; it was just clear after we spoke that it would not work out. We had a lot of talks about different things, how we can do this or that, but if somebody denies things like that then it is clear the decision is done. At some point you need to accept it and that is what we did. I can imagine what people have said and written this week and I would think similar if we as a club had not tried everything. If the club said after the first call: ‘Good idea, we wanted to call you actually because we don’t want to have him’ then it would be different. But we tried everything.“What a football player he is, and he will be such a good player for Barcelona as well, but for us in a few games, like Tottenham away, he was not always in the best shape. It was kind of a solution for us to give him the ball. No. We don’t have to look for that. It can make us more unpredictable if we don’t.”Liverpool have sold a prized asset midway through a highly promising season but Klopp denies taking a risk. “My job is always a risk but I could not decide differently, so no,” he said.Anfield officials are trying to bring forward Naby Keita’s £55m summer move from Red Bull Leipzig and Klopp insists the Coutinho money will be reinvested in his squad. But he was non-committal on whether the Brazilian would be replaced in this window.Klopp, who has made no attempt to sign Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal this month, said: “We will get all the money. Always since I’m here we can have all the monies from transfers and more if needed. So far we got all the players we wanted to have. Now one has left and it’s not too cool but it’s not a real problem at all … We will bring in other players. If we do it in this window, I don’t know.” Topics Liverpool Share on Pinterest Barcelona Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Read more Jürgen Klopp has said it was an easy decision to sell Philippe Coutinho once it became clear Liverpool had “no chance” of keeping the Brazilian committed for the remainder of the season.The Liverpool manager confirmed he had the final say on accepting Barcelona’s £142m offer for the 25-year-old and that the proceeds of the sale were available to reinvest. Klopp also claimed his team would become more unpredictable without their influential playmaker. It was Coutinho’s determination to force through his dream move to the Camp Nou and his rejection of Liverpool’s attempts to convince him to stay, however, that persuaded Klopp to sanction the second-biggest transfer in world football. Share via Email Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain senses chance to step up after Philippe Coutinho exit Reuse this contentlast_img read more