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City put another 3 pass Arsenal in 5 days

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Manchester City piled more misery on beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a 3-0 humbling of the Gunners on Thursday to open up a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Four days on from crumbling meekly to a 3-0 defeat as City won their first silverware of the Pep Guardiola era in the League Cup final, Arsenal disintegrated once more as the visitors scored three times in the opening 33 minutes in front of a sparse crowd at the Emirates.

Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane were on target to inflict a third straight defeat on Arsenal and leave them 10 points adrift of the Premier League top four in sixth place.

And a night to forget for Arsenal was complete when £56 million ($79 million) club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his second-half penalty saved by Ederson. By contrast, City’s cruise towards the title continues unabated despite again not needing to hit the heights of their displays earlier in the campaign to up the pressure on Wenger’s position once more. Sub-zero temperatures and the apathy caused by Arsenal’s display at Wembley on Sunday saw thousands of seats go unoccupied at the Emirates.

The lines around the pitch were painted blue ahead of kick-off in case an expected snow shower covered the field. Unfortunately for the home fans that did brave the cold, that was the only novelty on a night of familiar failings from Wenger’s men, who have now lost seven times in 12 games this year. Arsenal had even started the brighter as Ederson prevented Vincent Kompany turning into his own net before Henrikh Mkhitaryan stung the palms of the Brazilian goalkeeper with a drive from the edge of the box.

However, they never recovered from the sucker punch of City’s opener on 15 minutes as Sane weaved away from three Arsenal challenges on the left and teed up Bernardo Silva to cut inside onto his favoured left foot and curl into the top corner. Ederson produced two more decent stops from Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey before City showed their more clinical touch in the final third just before the half hour mark. Sane was again involved before Sergio Aguero played in David Silva to slot home at Petr Cech’s near post.

City then exhibited their speed on the counter-attack for a third five minutes later as Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker combined to set up Sane to tap home his 12th goal of the season. The third goal was the cue for many of those Arsenal fans who did show up to leave, whilst the delighted travelling City fans taunted Wenger by pleading for the Frenchman to extend his 22-year reign in charge.

Aguero was looking for his 200th City goal and should have had it before half-time when his shot from De Bruyne’s cut-back was placed too close to Cech.

Arsenal’s anguish was rounded off seven minutes into the second period when Nicolas Otamendi chopped down Mkhitaryan inside the area.

Aubameyang took responsiblity from the spot, but the lack of conviction in his penalty reflected Arsenal’s performance as Ederson saved comfortably low to his left. Aguero was made to wait for his double century in City colours by a wonderful save from Cech before the Argentine was handed a rest for the final eight minutes. However, City’s wait for a fifth league title won’t last long with a maximum of just five more wins needed from their 10 remaining games.

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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

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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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