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Man City one win from title; Giroud inspires Chelsea win

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Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all won on Saturday in the EPL.
Victor Moses was on the bench for 90 minutes as Chelsea came from two goals down to defeat relegation-threatened Southampton 3-2 at the St. Mary’s stadium. Dusan Tadic converted Ryan Bertrand’s cross to give the Saints a first half lead, and it was 2-0 on the hour when Polish defender Jan Bednarek’s left footed strike sailed beyond Courtois.
Conte brought on Oliver Giroud and the French striker brought life to a rather turgid Blues who went on to score three goals in eight minutes. Former Arsenal striker, Giroud, headed in the first goal, and delivered a left-footed drive while Eden Hazard’s shot equalized for the soon-to-be-deposed EPL champions.
Kelechi Iheanacho could not inspire a comeback for wasteful Leicester City as they lost 2-1 at Burnley who are on the cusp of European football next season. Early goals from Cris Wood and Kevin Long gave the Clarets a two-goal lead at half time. Former Man City forward, Iheanacho, was brought on at half time and his clever pass to Jaimie Verdy led to the Englishman scoring their only goal.
Liverpool continued their scintillating run of form with a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth with goals scored by the attacking trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino. Mane opened the scoring on seven minutes, Salah headed in for his 30th League goal of the season and Firmino’s excellent finish- his 25th goal of the season in all competition- completed a win which brought the Anfield club to within a point of Man United in second place.
In the late kick off and top clash of the day, Manchester City won 3-1 against Tottenham at Wembley stadium to halt a bad patch of three straight loses.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring twenty two minutes in through route one football- a hallmark of the EPL. Vincent Kompany’a long ball picked out Gabriel Jesus and the Brazilian striker evaded the attention of Davidson Sanchez, controlled and slotted home his 11th league goal of the season.
City’s second three minutes later was a contentious penalty awarded for a tackle outside the box on Sterling, who dived into the box, by Spurs keeper Lloris. Ikay Gundogan sent the French keeper the wrong way as he buried his kick into the bottom corner for 2-0. Erikson, however, scored before the break to half the deficit, converting when Laporte’s block from his initial shot ricochet off him and beyond Ederson in goal following a through ball from the underwhelming Harry Kane.
Spurs came out fighting in the second half but City withstood long period of pressure, before Guardiola’s changes stemmed their opponent’s flow. Raheem Sterling sealed the win with the goal his performance deserved. The England international slammed home the rebound after Jesus’ initial shot was saved by Lloris. The victory puts them one win away from the title which could be sealed at home to Swansea next weekend.
RESULTS
Southampton 2-3 Chelsea
Burnley 2-1 Leicester
Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton
Huddersfield 1-0 Watford
Swansea 1-1 Everton
Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth
Tottenham 1-3 Man City

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UCL: Ronaldo sent off in Juventus win as Man City suffer shock loss

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Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in the first half as Juventus defeated Valencia 2-0 in their UEFA Champions League opener on a night which also witnessed a shock 1-2 loss for Manchester City at home to Olympic Lyon.

On his UCL debut for Juventus, the 33-year-old former Real Madrid top marksman was given his marching orders midway through the game after his tangle with defender, Jeison Murillo, in the box was deemed an off-the-ball incident worthy of a sending off by the assistant referee behind the goal.

The surprising decision was much to the chagrin of a crestfallen and teary Ronaldo who pleaded his innocence to no avail.

Juventus should have taken the lead earlier in the game but they missed glit-edged openings through Mario Madzukic and Sami Khedira.

Valencia dominated with Juventus down to 10 men but conceded against the run of play on the stroke of halftime. Miralem Pjanic converted from the spot following Daniel Parejo’s foul on Joao Cancelo who was trying to get on the rebound after hitting the bar, handing Juve a 1-0 lead at the break.

The midfield playmaker doubled the Italian champions’ lead early in the second half through another penalty conceded by Murillo who brought down Leonardo Bonucci. Valencia could not breach the well drilled Juventus defence which stood firm in the face of pressure, while goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, also made a few crucial saves.

In England, Manchester City suffered a shock 1-2 loss to Olympic Lyon at the Etihad Stadium, no thanks to sloppiness in midfield and a devastating counter-attacking display by the French side.

City, missing Pep Guardiola’s animated presence on the bench due to a touchline ban, went behind midway into the first half. Their midfield gifted Lyon the ball and the defence failed to clear Fekir’s cross which found Maxwel Cornet, and the midfielder finished into the far corner for a surprise 1-0 lead. Fekir made it two before halftime with a rasping shot from the edge of the area after picking up a loose ball in midfield.

City halved the deficit on 67 minutes through Bernardo Silva who finished off a Leroy Sane pass to hand the home team a lifeline. The visitors, however, held on despite the attacking onslaught from Man City who have now lost their last three home games in the Champions League.

In Spain, Real Madrid started the third defence of their UCL crown with a dominant 3-0 win over AS Roma of Italy. The 13-time champions created several openings early on and had to wait until the stroke of halftime to take the lead through Isco. The Spanish international curled in a superb free-kick from the edge of the box for a deserved halftime lead.

Gareth Bale, who took over from Ronaldo as the superstar of this Real Madrid team, doubled the lead on 58 minutes when he lashed a shot into the far corner after being found by Luka Madric’s tailor-made pass.

Returning striker, Mariano Diaz, scored the final goal of the night with a brilliant curling shot to seal a comfortable 3-0 win for Julien Lopetegui’s team at their Santiago Bernabeu.

RESULTS

Ajax 3-0 AEK Athens

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Hoffenheim

Benfica 0-2 Bayern Munich

Man City 1-2 Lyon

Real Madrid 3-0 Roma

Viktoria Plzen 2-2 CSKA Moscow

Valencia 0-2 Juventus

Young Boys 0-3 Man Utd

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Mayweather to Pacquiao: I will come out of retirement to fight you

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Mayweather to Pacquiao: I will come out of retirement to fight you

Floyd Mayweather, former professional boxer, says he will come out of retirement to face Manny Pacquiao for a rematch in December.

The most lucrative pay-per-view boxer in the history of the game made the announcement in a video posted on Instagram on Saturday.

“I’m coming back in December,” the American said, adding the caption: “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way.”

In the video, Mayweather mocks Pacquiao by asking him about his shoulder, which the Filipino suggested was responsible for his 2015 defeat.

Asked recently about a potential rematch, the Pacman had said: “If he decides to go back to boxing then that is the time we are going to call the shots.

“I have the belt, so it’s up to him. If he wants to come back in boxing, let’s do a second one.”

The duo fought in 2015 with Mayweather coming out on top, and Pacquaio has been after a rematch ever since.

The pound-for-pound boxer retired following his victory over Conor McGregor a year ago but he appears to have been tempted to return.

The first fight was believed to be the most lucrative of all time, worth over £230m to the two fighters.

Amir Khan recently set his sight on fighting Pacquiao although a rematch with Mayweather could be much more attractive to the Filipino.

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Naomi Osaka upsets Serena Williams to win historic US Open title

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Naomi Osaka upsets Serena Williams to win historic US Open title

Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams to become the first Japanese to win the US Open women’s final.

Osaka beat the former world number one in two straight sets of 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.

Williams made her first Grand Slam appearance when the Japanese was three-months-old.

Osaka is the youngest US Open women’s finalist since 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki won it in 2009.

The encounter is the fourth in the Open era where a player seeded No. 10 or higher will win the US Open title after wild card Kim Clijsters did it in 2009, Flavia Pennetta in 2015 and unseeded Sloane Stephens in 2017.

Osaka took home $3.8 million in prize money for winning the US Open.

The Japanese has now recorded a 2-0 victory over Serena in their two encounters so far.

The pair met in the first round of the Miami Open earlier in the year where Osaka cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

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