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Mesut Ozil joined by Man City stars in Premier League team of the weekend

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:20:00 PST

Kevin De Bruyne and Mesut Ozil were both among the goals in the Premier League on Saturday, but who scored the goal of the day? Pep Guardiola revels in Kevin De Bruyne's instrumental role in Manchester City's dominant win over Tottenham. After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully selects 11 star performers along with a manager. Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #ESPNFCTOTW. ESPN FC's Premier League Team of the Weekend. Goalkeeper: We kick off with a familiar face. Manchester City No. 1 Ederson was selected last week, and following another impressive showing in...

Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain tops in Liverpool's standout team victory

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:11:00 PST

Liverpool returned to their goal-scoring ways behind goals from Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool returned to their goal-scoring ways behind goals from Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Despite the resounding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, Shaka Hislop says inconsistency is still their downfall and wonders which Liverpool will show up against Arsenal on Friday. Despite the resounding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, Shaka Hislop says inconsistency is still their downfall and wonders which Liverpool will show up against Arsenal on Friday. Liverpool cruised back into the top four with a convincing win that should banish the memory of last season's dreadful loss at the same venue. Having raced to a 3-0 first-half lead, the Reds then produced a professional display in the second half and never allowed Bournemouth a foothold to get back in the game. They added a fourth goal after the break and went close on several other occasions. Positives Three points, a clean sheet, another great goal by Mohamed Salah, some terrific individual performances...

Salah, Coutinho sublime as Liverpool thrash Bournemouth 4-0

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:39:00 PST

Liverpool returned to their goal-scoring ways behind goals from Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Despite the resounding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, Shaka Hislop says inconsistency is still their downfall and wonders which Liverpool will show up against Arsenal on Friday. Despite the resounding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, Shaka Hislop says inconsistency is still their downfall and wonders which Liverpool will show up against Arsenal on Friday. BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three thoughts from a comfortable 4-0 win for Liverpool at Bournemouth. 1. Scintillating Liverpool leap back into top four Liverpool are back in the top four, and if anyone needed a reminder of what Jurgen Klopp's team are capable of, then they provided it on Sunday evening. This was a rout, albeit against obliging opponents, with the result rarely in doubt after Philippe Coutinho scored a wonderful early opener. Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino added...

Jesse Lingard a bright spot for Man United as Herrera, Mata struggle

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:04:00 PST

After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. Jose Mourinho offered an explanation to why he and Romelu Lukaku didn't celebrate after the Belgian's header put United up 1-0. Manchester United made far harder work of this away win than was necessary, surging out to a two-goal lead then seeing West Bromwich Albion score late and almost draw level. Alan Pardew's side were ultimately too limited to make the pressure count, and United's poor second half means that this cannot not be filed away as an efficient performance. Yet a victory is a victory -- and, at this stage, anything which keeps them vaguely within reach of the fast-vanishing Manchester City must be welcomed. Positives Jesse...

Everton's turnaround driven by consistency and faith in youth

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:23:00 PST

Everton's Sam Allardyce and Newcastle's Rafa Benitez react to Wayne Rooney's strike that saw Everton beat Newcastle 1-0. Swansea's visit to Goodison Park on Monday night should offer a good indication of how quickly Sam Allardyce has overseen improvement at Everton, as the visitors are similar to the Everton team Allardyce inherited a few weeks ago. An overworked goalkeeper and a lack of attacking threat recall two of the main Everton problems this season. Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski began this current round of matches having made the most saves in the current campaign, while Wayne Rooney has scored as many...

Man United beat West Brom 2-1 to keep faint title race hopes alive

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:20:00 PST

Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard scored in the first half and Manchester United weathered West Brom's onslaught in the second to come away from the Hawthorns with a 2-1 win. After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. After a narrow escape at West Brom, Shaka Hislop ponders whether Man United are capable of being more convincing under Jose Mourinho. WEST BROMWICH, England -- Three thoughts from Manchester United's 2-1 win at West Brom on Sunday. 1. Man United show character to carry on title fight Manchester United have at least shown they want to give themselves a chance of catching Manchester City. On a cold, wet December afternoon at The Hawthorns, playing a West Brom team that has a new manager and is battling relegation, it would have been easy for them to play like they know second is about as good as it's going to get this season....

Suso, Kalinic, Borini 4/10 as Milan stumble to 3-0 defeat at Verona

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:20:00 PST

Borini, left, and Milan's attack was woeful in Sunday's heavy defeat at Verona. After some positive signs in their past two games, AC Milan took a huge backward step in Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Verona. The scoreline flattered the hosts with the Rossoneri controlling the game and dominating possession for the most part, but it was an infuriatingly disappointing display. Positives Milan were in the ascendancy early on, showing confidence on the ball and were patient as it looked a matter of time before they got a breakthrough. In turn, Gennaro Gattuso should feel aggrieved...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe embraced by pitch invaders dressed as Ninja Turtles

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:47:00 PST

After Edinson Cavani's fine finish, PSG supporters invade the pitch dressed as Ninja Turtles as a symbol of Kylian Mbappe's nickname. PSG were joined by a marauding horde of pitch-invading mutants during their 4-1 away win over Rennes in Ligue 1 on Saturday evening. After Edinson Cavani struck the visitors' third goal, three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came bounding onto the pitch to help celebrate. Classic cartoon fans may have noticed that Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo all raced to celebrate with Kylian Mbappe, who has been christened "Donatello" by his PSG teammates due to his supposed resemblance to the Ninja Turtle...

Juve could offer David Luiz Chelsea exit after bust-up with Antonio Conte

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:09:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Conte set to ax Luiz David Luiz could be set for the exit at Stamford Bridge next month, after a falling out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, according to the Mirror. The Brazilian has been displaced by Andreas Christensen at the heart of the Chelsea defence, with the young Dane grasping his chance. Juventus could offer the former...

Substitute Muller comes to the rescue as Bayern beat Stuttgart 1-0

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:13:00 PST

Sven Ulreich's fantastic penalty save from the final kick of the game helped earn Bayern Munich a third successive 1-0 Bundesliga win after substitute Thomas Muller had broken Stuttgart's stubborn resistance on 79 minutes. Positives Bayern's sixth consecutive Bundesliga title looks a mere formality heading into the winter break, moving 11 points clear of nearest challengers Schalke with another precious win and clean sheet. Negatives Bayern made heavy weather of beating Stuttgart for a...

Sime Vrsaljko 8/10, Fernando Torres 7/10 in Atletico Madrid win

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:55:00 PST

Atletico Madrid quietly won their fourth straight and moved into second in La Liga. Atletico Madrid ground out yet another 1-0 victory at home to Alaves on Saturday night to quietly move into second place in La Liga. In what at best can be described as a dull first half, neither side played much football with the bitterly cold temperatures in the Spanish capital not helping things on -- or off, with the fans doing their best not to freeze -- the pitch. Yet Atleti, as they so often do, found a way. Alaves were resilient, but substitute Fernando Torres netted his first La Liga...

Alli, Spurs outclassed in every area in loss to dominant Manchester City

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:13:00 PST

Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. ESPN FC's Craig Burley delves deeper into a few potential red card offences by Spurs, and addresses Man City's 16-game win streak. Mauricio Pochettino says Ilkay Gündogan's opening goal completely changed Tottenham's plan in their 4-1 defeat at Man City. There is little shame in losing to Manchester City these days -- Pep Guardiola's side have now won their last 16 Premier League matches. Yet the margin and manner of this 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium was still chastening for Tottenham. The hosts took the lead through Ilkay Gundogan in the 14th minute and should have been out of sight before the break. Somehow it was only 1-0 in the 70th minute, but the floodgates then opened and Kevin De Bruyne struck before Raheem Sterling netted twice. Christian...

Christian Pulisic and Shinji Kagawa connect late for Dortmund winner

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:26:00 PST

Watch as Christian Pulisic's magical first touch and finish secured a dramatic win for Borussia Dortmund over Hoffenheim. Hundreds of litres of beer erupted from the Yellow Wall at the Westfalenstadion as Christian Pulisic scored the 2-1 winner in the 89th minute against Hoffenheim. The 19-year-old was played in on goal by Shinji Kagawa and used the bounce of the ball to chip the keeper with his right foot and to finish with the left in one silky, free-flowing move. Borussia Dortmund secured their second consecutive win since the appointment of Peter Stoger on Saturday night, cutting down the margin to second-placed...

Man City's Kevin De Bruyne shows Spurs' Dele Alli what he can become

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:39:00 PST

Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. ESPN FC's Craig Burley delves deeper into a few potential red card offences by Spurs, and addresses Man City's 16-game win streak. Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. MANCHESTER, England -- There was a two-minute period during Manchester City's 4-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur, which summed up what Dele Alli is and what he could -- perhaps should -- become. For the 21-year-old, the future can be seen in Kevin De Bruyne and Alli needs to watch the Belgian international closely to avoid his own talent going to waste. With the clock on 67 minutes and Alli clearly frustrated by his team's failure to compete against the runaway Premier League leaders, he threw...

Refreshed Neymar 9/10 as PSG restore their nine-point Ligue 1 lead

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:37:00 PST

Neymar netted a brace while Mbappe and Cavani each added goals as PSG cruised past Stade Rennes. Paris Saint-Germain restored their nine-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 with a 4-1 win away at Rennes on Saturday. Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar -- a self-sufficient MCN -- all scored and assisted from within as Unai Emery's men displayed both their ferocious attack and fragile defence at Roazhon Park. Positives Back in Paris, back in the squad and back in the PSG starting XI, Neymar produced his best performance in months and scored two goals and set up two more. The Brazilian superstar...

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric star as Real Madrid hoist Club World Cup

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:24:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick early in the second half would be all Real Madrid would need to claim the Club World Cup title. Real Madrid have won five titles in a calendar year for the first time in the club's history after a comfortable 1-0 victory over Gremio in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game with a free kick after 53 minutes. Los Blancos have not lost an international final since falling to defeat against Boca Juniors in 2000 in the then-named Intercontinental Cup, a winning run that stretches 12 matches.  Real Madrid Grêmio 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Real Madrid became the...

Real's Club World Cup win vs. Gremio highlights football's chasm in quality

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:58:00 PST

Gremio had few pretensions of outplaying Real Madrid in the final of the Club World Cup. Their aim was to outscore them. But hard though they fought, they could not muster a single shot on target as they fell to a single-goal defeat that could have been much heavier. The game plan of the South American champions was clear: The focus was on aggressive defence -- at one point, too aggressive. Before a Gremio player had even touched the ball, centre-back Pedro Geromel went into the Real half to...

Real Madrid win Club World Cup as Ronaldo again stars on the big stage

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:28:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick early in the second half would be all Real Madrid would need to claim the Club World Cup title. Three quick thoughts as Real Madrid retain the Club World Cup by beating Gremio 1-0 in Saturday's final in Abu Dhabi. 1. Ronaldo again the matchwinner  Cristiano Ronaldo was again the matchwinner as Real Madrid retained the Club World Cup with a very comfortable 1-0 victory against a battling but limited Gremio side at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium on Saturday evening. Madrid dominated possession throughout the first half without really testing Gremio goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, with...

Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles catch the eye in win over Newcastle

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:18:00 PST

Mesut Ozil's volley earns Arsenal three points to put them back into the top four. English Premier League: Mesut Ozil (23') Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle Craig Burley joins SportsCenter to recap the key storylines from Saturday's Premier League action, with Arsenal and Chelsea recording narrow wins. Arsene Wenger challenges Mesut Ozil to take more risks, and gives a classic response when asked about the German's contract situation at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger says it's great to see Jack Wilshere maintaining his high standards in midfield for Arsenal. Arsenal narrowly edged out Newcastle to end a run of three Premier League games without a win. A stunning Mesut Ozil volley was enough for the Gunners to claim the three points, although a late rally from Rafa Benitez's men certainly had the home fans worried. Arsenal Newcastle United 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Ozil once again produced a performance of quality and commitment. It's curious: As his contract is winding down, he looks to be playing with more determination than ever before. Perhaps he's looking to attract potential suitors...

Alonso's delightful free-kick goal seals Chelsea victory over Southampton

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:11:00 PST

Chelsea inched past Southampton 1-0 in an entertaining Premier League contest at a rainy Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The first half was a vibrant affair with both teams looking to get forward. Chelsea enjoyed the lion's share of the chances with N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Pedro all forcing Fraser Forster into sharp saves. Chelsea had a couple of alarms to deal with themselves and had Gary Cahill to thank after he cleared away a dangerous cross from under his own crossbar. The Blues eventually...

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