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Man United keep faint title hopes alive

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:20:00 PST

The gap is still 11 points but Man United keep ticking, beating West Brom 2-1. It wasn't their most impressive performance but another goal for Romelu Lukaku is a boost as they try to chase down rivals Man City. Rob Dawson »

Barcelona's Paco Alcacer to miss Clasico after picking up injury vs. Depor

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:47:00 PST

Lionel Messi missed his second penalty kick of the season, while Luis Suarez and Paulinho scored twice for Barcelona against Deportivo. Paco Alcacer will miss next weekend's Clasico after being taken off injured during Barcelona's 4-0 win against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. After an impressive cameo off the bench at Villarreal last week, Alcacer was named in Ernesto Valverde's starting lineup for Barca's penultimate game of the year. However, he was forced off after just 20 minutes of the game gone at Camp Nou with a muscle injury and replaced by Aleix Vidal. "Alcacer will be out for three weeks after picking up a muscular injury...

Sergio Aguero's angry reaction at substitution vs. Spurs 'normal' - Pep

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:30:00 PST

Pep Guardiola revels in Kevin De Bruyne's instrumental role in Manchester City's dominant win over Tottenham. MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola understands Sergio Aguero's frustration after the Manchester City striker was substituted early in the second half of the 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. The Argentine was taken off in the 56th minute, with the score still 1-0, and threw his gloves to the floor, ignoring the City boss as he returned to the dugout. Guardiola insisted he can understand Aguero's disappointment and said Gabriel Jesus, who subsequently missed a penalty, was also upset not to start. "That's...

Arsene Wenger on Mesut Ozil: I believe he wants to stay at Arsenal

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:30:00 PST

Arsene Wenger challenges Mesut Ozil to take more risks, and gives a classic response when asked about the German's contract situation at Arsenal. 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. Craig Burley thinks Arsene Wenger was "out of touch" and "lacked class" after taking a dig at Man City's financial resources. Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil is going through one of his best spells as an Arsenal player, and remains confident that the German wants to stay at the club. Ozil's spectacular volley handed the Gunners a 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday, and he was also instrumental in the team's recent wins over Tottenham and Huddersfield. The playmaker was heavily criticised for a poor start to the season but has re-established himself as the clear focus of Arsenal's attack in recent months. Asked if this is...

Tottenham Hotspur's top-six away record not a worry - Pochettino

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:30:00 PST

Mauricio Pochettino says Ilkay Gündogan's opening goal completely changed Tottenham's plan in their 4-1 defeat at Man City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses all of Saturday's Premier League results from matchday 18, where Man City continue their historic run. 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 - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is not concerned by his side's dismal away record against their top-six rivals after the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City. Since joining Spurs in summer 2014, Pochettino has lost 11 of 18 visits to Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, City and Manchester United, conceding 35 goals and scoring 15. His solitary win came at City's Etihad Stadium last February, but Spurs were totally outclassed there on Saturday as they suffered their worst...

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...

Mario Balotelli scores winner as Nice edge past Bordeaux; Nantes win

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:30:00 PST

Mario Balotelli's sweet strike with a quarter of an hour remaining was the difference as Nice defeated Nantes, 2-1. Mario Balotelli was on target to keep Nice on the coat-tails of Nantes in a 1-0 Ligue 1 victory over Bordeaux. Balotelli struck for the ninth time in this term's league campaign after beating goalkeeper Jerome Prior in the 37th minute. Nantes occupy fifth place with Nice four points behind in sixth, both teams having played 18 matches. Nantes maintained their push for European football after recording a 1-0 victory over Angers despite the dismissal of Yacine Bammou. Bammou was sent off in the 66th...

Which Liverpool will show up vs. Arsenal?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:20:26 PST

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.

Which Liverpool will show up vs. Arsenal?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:17:15 PST

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.

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