Daily Archives: November 28, 2016

Chelsea retains table lead as Liverpool takes Coutinho blow

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Chelsea stayed at the top of the Premier League table after the weekend as the Blues came from behind at Stamford Bridge again to inflict Tottenham’s first League defeat this season.

Spurs looked on course to recover from their midweek Champions League exit when Christian Eriksen’s superb 11th minute strike put them in front.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side was dominant until the closing seconds of the first half when Pedro curled in a spectacular right-foot effort to draw Chelsea level.

Spurs’ miserable record at Stamford Bridge was then extended to 30 games without a win – a record dating back to February 1990 – after Victor Moses scored what proved to be the winner six minutes after the restart.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen both got touches on Moses’s strike, but the ball maintained its trajectory as Antonio Conte’s Chelsea recorded their seventh league victory in succession.

It also invokes ghosts of nightmares past, as Chelsea were the ones who had extinguished Spurs’s title hope last season.

Still, celebrations for victory at the London derby would be short-lived as the Blues prepare to travel to Manchester; third-placed Manchester City waits after coming off a 2-1 victory against Burnley in be a top-of-the-table showdown.

On the other hand, second-placed Liverpool will have to keep up their title challenge in the absence of key playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 games with a 2-0 win against Sunderland, but could face a spell without Brazil International Coutinho, who was taken off on a stretcher at Anfield.

The Brazillian clutched his ankle after a challenge from Didier Ndong late in a first half where Liverpool failed to turn 80% possession into clear chances.

While further news on his condition will come after examinations, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to receive better news on Coutinho’s fellow countryman Roberto Firmino, who was also substituted late on against the Black Cats. It is unlikely the midfielder will require a scan after a kick on the calf.

Juventus stunned by Genoa as Roma survives scare

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Juventus’s campaign for a sixth consecutive Serie A title suffered a small setback as the Italian Champions lost 3-1 against minnows Genoa.

Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, caught the Bianconeri cold with a third-minute opener before cutting through a sleepy back-line to double the Grifone’s lead ten minutes after.

Juventus’s own midfielder Alex Sandro then scored an unfortunate own-goal to put Genoa firmly out of reach. It was Miralem Pjanic’s late strike from a free-kick that the Turin club was spared from their worst league reverse since January 2011.

The Old Lady are four points clear at the top before next weekend’s meeting with in form team Atalanta, who are joint fifth with Lazio after winning six games in a row. They would also have to do so without key defenders Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci, both of whom suffered injuries in the game.

Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko scored twice but Roma needed a third goal from Diego Perotti to survive a Pescara comeback and triumph 3-2 in the capital.

The Bosnian striker reached 12 league goals for 2016-17 with a quickfire early brace before Ledian Memushaj made it a contest after half-time.

Had Perotti not then stuck away a spot-kick, Gianluca Caprari’s powerful left-footed finish would have denied Roma their share of second place with Milan at 29 points, five behind Juventus and one ahead of Atalanta and Lazio.

RB Leipzig & Bayern maintains pressures in Bundesliga race

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RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich each secured victories in the Bundesliga to keep up the title race and maintain pressure on each other.

RB Liepzig got off to a flying start against Sport-Club Freiburg, with Naby Keita bagging a goal in the second minute with a fierce strike from 25 yards.

Florian Niederlechner was able to head in an equalizer for Freiburg from Pascal Stenzel’s corner, but Timo Werner restored Leipzig’s lead in the 21st minute and doubled it with his second a little over 10 minutes later.

Marcel Sabitzer, who had already struck the post, made it 4-1 later on.

The result would extend Leipzig’s record unbeaten start for a new team in the Bundesliga to 12 games, also marking their seventh consecutive victory as Bayern Munich tries to recover from their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.

After suffering a 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund last weekend, Bayern managed to pick up a scrappy win at home over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to claw the gap against Leipzig back to three points.

Thiago Alcantara put the home side ahead with a close-range header on the half-hour mark but Hakan Calhanoglu equalised superbly five minutes later after a clever one-two with Julian Brandt that parted the home side’s defence.

10 minutes after the break, Mats Hummels won it for Bayern with another header from Joshua Kimmich’s cross. It was his first goal for the Bundesliga giants since joining from Dortmund.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also saved a late Calhanoglu free-kick to ensure that Carlo Ancelotti’s men held on for their first win since the start of November.