Surprise wins at the Premier League

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Bournemouth

Bournemouth players celebrate as Junior Stanislas scores 2 minutes into the game.

Bournemouth repeated a rare feat as they defeated Manchester United 2-1 this week.

The club, which was promoted to the Premier League this season for the first time had just beaten Chelsea by 1-0 last week.

United keeper David de Gea was beaten by Junior Stanislas in just within two minutes of kick-off with a rare direct corner goal.

However, just as United equalised from a Marouane Fellaini goal the club appeared to lose their spirit after half-time.

The visitors could not fight back after Joshua King fired in from Matt Ritchie’s set-piece.

Coach Eddie Howe has much reason to be jubilant, but also remembers a devastating defeat of 5-0 by second division Morecambe exactly six years ago.

‘Someone reminded me of that (the anniversary) earlier,’ Howe said.

‘I didn’t know that, and all the emotions of that game came flooding back. That was a terrible game.’

‘It does show how far the club’s come. Not in your wildest dreams could you have ever imagined when I was standing there watching that Morecambe game that we would be beating Manchester United in the Premier League.’

‘It’s not possible. So it really does prove what can happen in football. It’s an unbelievable game.’

Newcastle players celebrate their winner against Tottenham

Newcastle players celebrate their winner against Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Newcastle celebrates a second upset win in eight days as they beat Tottenham 2-1.

In a surprising move, manager Steve Mcclaren introduced both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez late on and both scored as the club moves out the relegation zone to 15th in the Premier League.

Magpies keeper Rob Elliot also frustrated Spurs with two fine saves to deny Erik Lamela before Eric Dier struck in from the corner at 39 minutes.

Newcastle levelled when substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic tapped home after a scramble inside the six-yard box before Perez struck deep into stoppage time.

Tottenham, who would have climbed above Manchester United into fourth spot with victory, are now without a league win in three games.

Mcclaren believes the win had answered critics, but that the club has not turned a corner yet because they were “inconsistent” in the past.

ESL to hold Dota 2 tournament in Manila

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For the first time, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) will be organizing a live Dota 2 tournament in Manila.

Boasting a $250,000 price pool, ESL One Manila worked alongside PLDT Fibr & Smart GameX to set up the one of the biggest eSports competitions in April next year.

This marks the first time that ESL is organizing the event in an Asian country; previous championship events were held exclusively at European and American countries.

Eight teams from all over the globe will feature in the tournament, competing in a single elimination format.

Two teams will get a direct invite based on their past performance while the other participants will be chosen from an online qualifier: one team each from China, Europe, the United States and the Philippines.

The two remaining teams will come from Southeast Asia.

According to Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, the venue was not a difficult decision to make.

He believed that the Philippines were “a country and community that loves Dota 2”, and that the organizers are “honoured” to hold the event there in a “history making” event.

Since the event was announced on Tuesday, tickets were fast selling out.

Tottenham and Liverpool through to Europa League last 32

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Erik Lamela scores his first hat-trick in a 4-1 Tottenham win.

Erik Lamela ensured Tottenham stays at the top of Group J and moves on to the knockout stages with a hat-trick.

The Argentine led the English side to a 4-1 win over Monaco without any help from Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Tottenham would extend their winning streak to a total of nine games, with just 2 defeats in their last 21 matches.

Lamela scored with three past Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic, but the Croatian will feel he was beaten far too easily at his near post.

However, the best goal of the night was a cool finish applied by Carroll after his quick feet had left Elderson wrong-footed.

Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli continued their recoveries from injury with tidy substitute performances, while 18-year-old Joshua Onomah impressed in his first senior start.

The midfielder combined some probing passing with clever runs and he might have scored, but he opted for precision rather than power from six yards out.

Meanwhile, all was quiet at the Tourbillon Stadium as Sion held down Liverpool to an uneventful goaless draw.

Divock Origi had the best chances for goal, but a mistimed volley in the first half and a fine last-ditch tackle stopped the Belgian.

Meanwhile, Reds keeper Simon Mignolet was forced to make a save to deny Sion’s Ebenezer Assifuah.

Although their unbeaten record in the championship remains intact, Liverpool players were clearly left frustrated, having a lot less to celebrate compared to the jubilant Swiss team.

Klopp

Klopp is satisfied that Liverpool came out of Sion unscathed.

The draw notwithstanding, the spiritual leader of the Reds appeared to be happy enough. Jurgen Klopp was “thrilled” that none of his players was hurt.

The German said: “The ground was very difficult to play and for both teams the first thing to do was show you were prepared for a game like this and that is what my team did.”

“We saw the pitch and we knew what can happen on a pitch like this but as a professional footballer and especially as a manager you cannot talk about the pitch.”

“I am really satisfied, no-one is injured and they were very focused and concentrated on the game.”

Both Sion and Liverpool are through the round of 32, where they may go up against clubs such as Manchester united depending on Monday’s draw.

Klopp's liverpool

Klopp’s Liverpool may be up against Van Gaal’s Man United, depending on Monday’s draw.

Champions League rejects clash in Bundesliga

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Two Bundesliga clubs that were eliminated from the Champions League earlier in the week are set to play against each other in the German League.

Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach will look forward to vent some of their Champions League frustration on Saturday.

Although both clubs have failed to reach the knockout stages Moenchengladbach will be the more disappointed team with their European hopes vanquished entirely, while Leverkusen still can play in the Europa League.

However, the club is the more exciting team in the Bundesliga, standing at third place, 14 points behind Bayern Munich and 9 behind Borussia Dortmund.

Coming off a 3-1 victory against the league leaders last week, Andre Schubert’s side now holds an unbeaten streak of 10 matches.

This is simply amazing for a team that suffered 5 straight defeats at the start of the new Bundesliga season.

Meanwhile, Leverkusen started big but now stagnates at eighth place, with Coach Roger Schmidt reportedly “feeling the heat.”

The team creates few chances and scores even less goals, suffering six defeats – nearly as many as their last season.