Daily Archives: October 17, 2016

Mourinho under fire for comments ahead of Liverpool clash

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Jose Mourinho’s comments about the appointment of referee Anthony Taylor for Manchester United’s Premier League match at Liverpool will be investigated by England’s Football Association.

“Somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him. I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance,” said Mourinho of Manchester-based Taylor, even though managers are not allowed to speak about referees before matches.

The FA would establish the context of the comments before deciding their action – if any.

Manchester United goes into the match against Liverpool on Monday three points behind the Reds. The Red Devils had been struggling for form since their city rivals Manchester City afforded them their first defeat of the season, and could face further setback against in-form Liverpool away on Anfield.

Prediction: Liverpool (3) – (0) Manchester United

Injury news:

Liverpool

  • Out: Adam Lallana (groin), Georginio Wijnaldum (hip)
  • In: Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren

Manchester United

  • Out: Phil Jones (knee)
  • In: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw

Dzeko & Salah sinks Napoli as Roma charges ahead in Serie A

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Edin Dzeko’s brace hands Napoli their first home defeat since May 2015, as Roma’s 3-1 victory move them up to second place in the Serie A table.

It was the visitors who went ahead two minutes before the break in a thrilling encounter between the two sides at Stadio San Paolo. Mohamed Salah won the ball off Kalidou Koulibaly on the edge of the area, and his subsequent cross was swept home by Edin Dzeko from 12 yards.

Dzeko then doubled Roma’s tally with a header when he rose unmarked at the far post to head in Alessandro Florenzi’s free-kick nine minutes after the restart. It was his seventh goal of the season, just one short of his record last reason.

“I congratulate him for the brace but it’s not just about the goals,” said Roma coach Luciano Spalletti. “In Italy, players only get judged on how many goals they score and people tend not to pay attention to the rest of the match. Dzeko has to do better in terms of being clinical and ruthless.”

“In the first half, there were four or five occasions where he could have caused them damage. He is an exceptional player but he could do more with his physical prowess and technical ability.”

Koulibaly tried to make amends for Napoli when he headed in from a corner four minutes after Dzeko’s second, and Napoli had appeared capable of grabbing an equalizer even after the Bosnian’s brace. Instead, Daniele De Rossi sent Salah clear of the Napoli defence and the Egyptian guided his shot wide of Pepe Reina to seal Roma’s 3-1 win.

The result lifts Roma to 16 points, five behind Juventus, who narrowly defeated Udinese by 2-1.

Napoli, who lost top scorer Arkadiusz Milik to a serious knee injury last week, have 14 points after what was a second successive defeat, and fell to fourth place after Milan won 3-1 against Chievo.

Arsenal level with City after Spurs miss chance to top table

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Tottenham missed a chance to take the lead in the Premier League table as they drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion.

Nacer Chadli’s late strike was answered by Dele Alli’s equaliser a minute from time, ensuring Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the season and remained within a point of Premier League leader Manchester City.

But the result also allows Spurs’s rivals Arsenal to leapfrog them up to second place after their 3-2 win against Swansea.

Theo Walcott scored a brace for the Gunners’ sixth consecutive Premier League, and now has five goals in just eight games after advantage of a heavy Jordi Amat touch for his first and a poor Jack Cork header for his second.

Swansea players looked dispirited after the quick-fire double, but Gylfi Sigurdsson pounced on a Granit Xhaka error to curl in a reply and give them glimmers of hope before half-time.

Mesut Ozil then volleyed an Alexis Sanchez cross into the top corner to restore a two-goal lead for the hosts, but substitute Borja tapped in from the impressive Modou Barrow’s cross to cut down Arsenal’s advantage again.

Arsenal saw Xhaka sent off for a petulant trip with 20 minutes left, but dug in to earn a win and move level on points with league leaders Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s team had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Everton after missing two penalties, slowing their campaign down once more after anearlier 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham.