NFL UK: NEW YORK JETS BEAT MIAMI DOLPHINS AT SOLD-OUT WEMBLEY

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The atmosphere in Wembley was distinctly American.

The atmosphere in Wembley was distinctly American.

There will be two more NFL matches at Wembley this season.

There will be two more NFL matches at Wembley this season.

NFL UK: NEW YORK JETS BEAT MIAMI DOLPHINS AT SOLD-OUT WEMBLEY

The atmosphere at the national stadium was rhapsodic, loud and definitively American.

Both the American and English national anthems were followed by London Calling by the Clash as the sun continued to pour down as viewers in Miami and New York started tuning in at approximately 09:30 their time.

The match at Wembley was technically a home game for the Dolphins, and they certainly were not lacking for support.

While the Dolphins were roared onto the turf accompanied by flag bearers, pyrotechnics and cheerleaders, the New York Jets players emerged onto the pitch to jeers.

Nonetheless, the sort-of visitors managed to hammer Miami Dolphins with an astounding 27-14 victory in front of a full house at Wembley to win the first of three NFL matches to be held in London in 2015.

Much of the sell-out crowd were supporting Miami but the Jets started stronger to open a 20-7 half-time lead.

Having been dominated in the opening stages, Miami rallied late on and had a touchdown disallowed before Darrelle Revis and Marcus Williams made two brilliant interceptions in the endzone with just minutes remaining.

Eric Decker and Zac Stacy then added to Chris Ivory’s opening touchdown and two Nick Folk field goals after Miami’s Jake Stoneburner had narrowed the gap.

Kenny Stils’s fourth-quarter score gave the Dolphins hope but the Jets managed to hang on.

Victory was the Jets’ third from their first four matches of the NFL season, while Miami have now lost three out of four.

A total of 12 regular season NFL match have been held at England’s national stadium since the first in 2007, when the Dolphins lost to the New York Giants.

Wembley hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills on 25 October, with Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions to face off on 1 November.

BECKHAM BOMBSHELL: AC MILAN TO WIN UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

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EVERYTHING WAS FINE FOR DAVID BECKHAM IN DUBAI UNTIL A REPORTER ASKED HIM ABOUT THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

He did not hesitate to answer when asked by a local reporter in Dubai who he thinks will win the Champions League this season.

“I’m going to have to say Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain or AC Milan — one of those three,” Beckham said.

It was an acceptable reply…. Until you consider the fact that AC Milan was unable to qualify for this season’s Champions League.

Oh, and last season’s too.

Either way, it was clear that the former England and Manchester United Star is not paying much attention to the sport he played. His only chance at redemption was for either PSG or United to win at Europe.

Meanwhile, AC Milan continues to struggle as they are now placed 11th in Serie A. They had also lost 1-0 to Genoa in their latest league match, making it a third loss out of 6 matches this season.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE FULL-TIME REPORT: WEEK 7 29/09/15

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NEWS AND UPDATES

The Good: Top 5

Manchester United moves to the top spot as they clinched a convincing 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday. This would not have happened if it were not for City’s two successive defeats where they could have go further up front. It was only two games before that City was ahead of United with 5 points, and the first time United was at the top of the table since Louis Van Gaal took charge.

Meanwhile, West Ham United fails to take advantage of the situation to move two points ahead after being forced into a draw on home ground. It would appear that the team have a rather curious problem of performing in front of their own fans, with only four points gained so far from a possible twelve.

Saturday, 26 September 2015
Tottenham 4:1 Man CityLeicester 2:5 ArsenalStoke City 2:1 BournemouthSouthampton 3:1 Swansea City
Liverpool 3:2 Aston VillaWest Ham 2:2 Norwich CityNewcastle 2:2 ChelseaMan.United 3:0 Sunderland
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Watford 0:1 Crystal Palace
Monday, 28 September 2015
West Brom 2:3 Everton

Arsenal and Tottenham moves up to the fourth and fifth place respectively as they each secured a victory. With a stunning 4-1 win over Manchester City and seeing an end to Harry Kane’s goal drought, Tottenham may look forward to challenge the current league leaders.

Nonetheless, their North London rivals which boasts of a much more impressive Alexis Sanchez hat-trick might prove to be a threat; though Arsenal still needs to plug up that rather leaky defence. 8 could be Alexis’s lucky number now, what with him being the 8th South American player to score a hat-trick in the Premier league and securing a spot as the 8th Premier League top scorer with 3 goals alongside Anthony Martial and Andre Ayew.

The Bad: Under the Table

Aston Villa drops into the relegation zone as Stoke City won their match Bournemouth on home ground last Saturday. The Villans would have been at a better place if they could at least secure a draw against Liverpool which would have allowed them to be only one point behind Stoke.

There were no change of luck for the other two teams (Newcastle and Sunderland) in the relegation zone, even with Newcastle managing a 2-2 draw against Chelsea somehow.

The Ugly: A Struggling Chelsea

Currently 15th in the premier league with 7 games gone, former champion Chelsea appears to be struggling. They had trouble playing against Newcastle, a team not leaving the relegation zone anytime soon. Chelsea’s rather poor performance since the start of the season was no less astonishing than Manchester City’s two successive defeats after five straight wins, but with Diego Costa’s 3-match ban verdict it could be here to stay.

Manager Jose Mourinho warns Chelsea players that none of them are “untouchable”; only consistent good performance would earn them such a status. However, he lauded Costa’s performance in the win over Arsenal, when the Brazil-born Spain striker was a nuisance and retrospectively banned for grappling with Laurent Koscielny.

Chelsea’s core players have so far struggled to hit the heights of last term and former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Fabregas says more is required – and not just when Mourinho demands it, as the manager did at half-time of Saturday’s abject draw at Newcastle.

Tottenham 4 : 1 Manchester City

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CITY HITS YET ANOTHER SPEED BUMP

FOLLOWING A HOME DEFEAT LAST WEEK, MANCHESTER CITY SUFFERS YET ANOTHER SETBACK AT THE HANDS OF TOTTENHAM

Kevin de Bruyne angled in an effort to put leaders City in front before Eric Dier equalized with a 25-yard shot slightly before half-time.

Toby Alderweireld then moved Spurs up front with a brilliant header from an Erik Lamela free-kick.

After that, Kane side-footed in when team-mate Christian Eriksen’s free-kick came back off the woodwork before Lamela slid home as the visitors chased the game.

THINGS ARE GETTING HAIRY FOR CITY

City had won five league games in succession before losing to Juventus in their opening Champions League match of the season 11 days ago.

Defeat by the Italian champions appears to have knocked them out of their stride, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now lost three of their past four matches.

Injuries to key players have not helped, with goalkeeper Joe Hart on the bench at Spurs because of a back injury which meant he only trained for one day before the game.

Caballero, his deputy, was caught out when he came for Lamela’s free-kick and allowed Alderweireld to put the hosts 2-1 up.

Like Hart, City skipper Vincent Kompany was also missing, while midfielder Toure injured a hamstring to add to Pellegrini’s problems.

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