Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (centre) lifts the Premier League trophy after their 4-1 victory against Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League football match. (Glyn KIRK/AFP) Pep Guardiola's team won 4-1 at Brighton to finish with 98 points - the second-highest total in Premier League history - as Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield to finish a single, agonising, point adrift. City, who strung together 14 league wins at the end of the season, are the first side to retain the title since their bitter rivals Manchester United managed the feat in 2009, and remain on course for the first domestic treble in English football history. But Guardiola's team did not have it all their own way as they won a fourth English title in eight seasons and the sixth in the club's history. A day of drama on England's south coast was in keeping with an astonishing season in which the lead switched hands time after time. Liverpool drew first blood on Sunday, with Sadio … [Read more...] about Man City batter Brighton to retain Premier League title
Wolves to draw step by step
Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring Spurs' winning goal against Brighton. — Photo namibian.com.na Football LONDON — Mauricio Pochettino admitted his tired Tottenham stars are pushing themselves to their limits after Christian Eriksen's superb late strike sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling Brighton on Tuesday. Pochettino's third-placed side dominated from start to finish at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but a combination of brave Brighton defending and poor finishing kept the match in the balance until the 88th minute. Eriksen finally ended Brighton's stubborn resistence with a sensational long-range drive that lifted Tottenham three points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea and four ahead of Arsenal in fifth. "The team are not as fresh as we wanted, not just legs, but minds, so we have to congratulate the players. I'm so proud of them," said Pochettino. "Brighton were a really brave opponent. The most important thing is we believed, we didn't give … [Read more...] about Eriksen late show keeps Spurs on course for top four finish
Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy May 14 1988 started out as a really good day. The sun was shining, I was 15-years-old and on my way to Wembley Stadium to watch Liverpool win the FA Cup. The result was a no brainer. Liverpool, the crème de la crème of English football versus Wimbledon. The Crazy Gang. Liverpool was a team packed with talent. Barnes, Beardsley, Houghton and Hansen. Wimbledon was a team packed with thugs, Vinnie Jones, Andy Thorn, Dennis Wise and some other players no one had ever heard of. Liverpool would win. They had to win, they were the better team. They could not possible lose. They lost. By one goal to nil. My dream day turned into a nightmare. The train journey back north was solemn to say the least. But you know what? Thirty plus years later, this final will still be remembered as one of the greatest in FA Cup history. Not because of the game itself, that was awful, but because it reminded the world of the beauty of the FA Cup. Fast forward to … [Read more...] about Klopp flops in the FA Cup but does it really matter?
Eyeing history: Mohamed Salah celebrates as Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-0 to open up a six-point Premier League lead. (Photo: AFP/Paul Ellis) For a long time a new year visit to Manchester City on Jan 3 had the makings of a title decider, but Liverpool now have margin for error with a six-point lead at the top of the table. Tottenham are Liverpool's closest challengers with City slipping down to third and seven points adrift after three defeats in their last four league games. That is more than the six points Liverpool have dropped all season so far as Jurgen Klopp's men remain unbeaten. "What we said as well is that we want to create our own history. We are the first Liverpool team in the Premier League to be unbeaten in 19 matches - a little history and a nice step," said Klopp after a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle on Boxing Day. Much more significant history awaits, particularly if Liverpool are still unbeaten come the end of a frantic festive period. "We have to win our games, we … [Read more...] about Arsenal, Man City double header tests Liverpool”s new tag as title favourites
Police cars at the scene of a shooting in the French city of Strasbourg. (Frederick FLORIN/AFP) Police launched a manhunt after the killer opened fire at around 8pm local time (3am Singapore time Wednesday) on one of the city's busiest streets, sending crowds of evening shoppers fleeing for safety. Mayor Roland Ries said that four people had been killed and three or four of the injured were in critical condition, after authorities earlier said there were two deaths in the shooting. Soldiers patrolling the area as part of regular anti-terror operations exchanged fire with the suspect and injured him, but could not stop him escaping, police sources said. The gunman has been identified and was on a watchlist of suspected extremists, a statement from local security services said. Several residents of the city have been detained in recent years for trying to reach extremist groups in Syria, or arrested upon their return. France's security forces, already on high alert after a series of … [Read more...] about 4 dead in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting, gunman on the run
Liverpool and Chelsea maintained their perfect Premier League starts after four games on Saturday (Sep 1) as champions Manchester City edged past Newcastle to remain two points behind the early leaders. Eden Hazard sealed Chelsea's 2-0 win over Bournemouth. (Photo: AFP/Ian Kington) A huge error from £65 million (US$84 million) goalkeeper Alisson Becker threatened to halt Liverpool's early season charge, but Jurgen Klopp's men held out for a 2-1 win at the King Power in another demonstration of their new-found defensive solidity to go with the firepower of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. Chelsea had to wait until 19 minutes from time to break down Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge before the in-form Pedro Rodriguez opened the scoring and Eden Hazard sealed the points in a 2-0 win. City bounced back from a rare slip-up at Wolves last weekend thanks to goals from England internationals Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker in a 2-1 success to celebrate the 10th … [Read more...] about Liverpool, Chelsea remain perfect, City maintain chase
While City strolled into the fourth round, Chelsea face an unwanted replay after being held to a 0-0 draw at Championship side Norwich.City boss Pep Guardiola named a strong team including Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling at Eastlands, but the runaway Premier League leaders fell behind in the 25th minute.Ashley Barnes blasted into the top corner after City defender John Stones sliced his attempted clearance.However, Burnley hadn't won at City since 1973 and Argentina striker Aguero ensured that run continued.City, who last tasted defeat in domestic competition in their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in April, were level in the 56th minute when Aguero fired home from Ilkay Gundogan's pass.Aguero then finished off a superb backheeled pass from Gundogan in the 58th minute.Sane prodded home to put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute and Bernardo Silva made it four in the 82nd minute.Hughes could face the sack after fourth tier Coventry rolled back the years with a memorable … [Read more...] about Aguero lifts City in FA Cup, Hughes’ Stoke crash