Bundesliga: Reus nets as Dortmund bounce back

    Borussia Dortmund players paid tribute to injured defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the bomb attack on their team bus. Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out on an emotional afternoon for the club. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which let Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.…

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EPL: Iheanacho makes cameo appearance as City sink Saints

Manchester City strengthened their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as a slick second-half display saw off a subdued Southampton in a game in which Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho made a cameo appearance. Injury-hit skipper Vincent Kompany headed David Silva’s left-wing corner past keeper Fraser Forster’s weak save for his first goal in 20 months. Leroy Sane drilled in Kevin de Bruyne’s pass after a quick counter, with Sergio Aguero’s far-post volley sealing it. Pep Guardiola’s side are now five points clear of fifth-placed Everton. Mid-table Saints failed to…

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Man United vs Chelsea: Can Mourinho stop the Blues?

Jose Mourinho needs to lead Manchester United to victory over his former side Chelsea in an English Premier League match at Old Trafford on Sunday (tomorrow) for a number of reasons. Firstly, he has to avoid third loss to the Blues this season. Number two: he needs to silence Chelsea’s fans who abused him during his last visit to the Stamford Bridge. Thirdly, he has to keep United in the race for the top-four finish and lastly, he has to avoid an unwanted record of a Manchester United manager whoachieved…

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United on right track with Mourinho – Vidic

    Manchester United may be struggling by their own high standards under Jose Mourinho this season but the Portuguese manager will get them back to winning ways, the club’s former captain Nemanja Vidic said on Tuesday. United, who spent heavily in the close season, are only fifth in the Premier League, 18 points adrift of leaders Chelsea. They remain in the hunt for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification, however, and with 57 points from 30 games they sit four adrift of fourth-placed rivals Manchester City, with a…

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EPL: Palace damage Arsenal’s top-four hopes

  Arsenal produced another dreadful away performance in losing at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace 3-0 in the English Premier League on Monday, further damaging the team’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Palace exploited Arsenal’s weakness and lack of leadership in defence, scoring in the 18th minute through Andros Townsend before midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic — from the penalty spot — added more goals in the second half. Arsenal, which has conceded three goals in each of its last four away games that have all ended in…

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EPL: Palace damage Arsenal’s top-four hopes

Crystal Palace continued their recent revival to boost their Premier League survival hopes and leave Arsenal struggling to maintain their run of top-four finishes under Arsene Wenger. Palace led through Andros Townsend’s close-range finish, doubling their lead when Yohan Cabaye’s shot looped in. Luka Milivojevic clinched victory with a firm, low penalty as Palace moved six points clear of the relegation zone. Sixth-placed Arsenal did not manage a shot on target in a poor second half. Some travelling Gunners fans again called for manager Wenger, who has led Arsenal to…

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EPL: Mourinho praises ‘solid’ Shaw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised a “solid” Luke Shaw performance after he played an hour during Sunday’s win against Sunderland. The Portuguese manager recently said the 21-year-old was way off challenging for a starting place in the United first team. But he made the first XI for the Nissan Super Sunday victory against Sunderland, playing 61 minutes and assisting the second goal and Mourinho was complimentary. “I told him it was a very solid performance,” the manager told Sky Sports. “He didn’t make mistakes, he was confident on the…

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Mourinho eyes top four as Everton beat Leicester

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are still committed to trying to secure a top-four Premier League finish following Sunday’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland. “After Liverpool and Manchester City’s victories, if we didn’t win today it’s almost mathematically impossible [to finish fourth]. It was important for us to win and that was the main objective”. Meanwhile, Two goals from Romelu Lukaku ensured Everton ended Craig Shakespeare’s perfect record as Leicester manager with an entertaining 4-2 victory in the Premier League on Sunday. There were four goals in the opening…

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EPL: Man City too strong for Hull, Liverpool bounce back

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Hull City on Saturday that boosted their hopes of finishing in a Champions League spot. Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring before half time at Etihad Stadium, as the Hull defender turned in Jesus Navas’ dangerous low cross. Raheem Sterling’s jinking run then set up Sergio Aguero and the Argentine’s powerful effort squeezed past Eldin Jakupovic. The Hull goalkeeper had no chance from City’s third, with Fabian Delph allowed time and space to…

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Wenger confident Arsenal can still claim top-four finish

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday his side remain in the race for a top-four Premier League finish despite the recent slump in form and will look to ensure a positive end to the season. The North London side, who are sixth in the league and trail fourth-placed Manchester City by seven points, will seek their first victory in four games when they host 14th-placed West Ham United on Wednesday. Arsenal have never finished outside top-four under Wenger, who sees increased importance in finishing with one of the four…

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