Premier League Roundup: Big wins for Liverpool, Saints, Norwich, Villa, Chelsea fight back – video

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Goals galore, late drama and plenty of controversial moments made Saturday’s six Premier League games a mish-mash of ecstasy, agony and suspense as pulsating clashes played out.

There were huge wins for Liverpool and Southampton who raced away with things in the first half, while Chelsea survived a massive scare late on and plenty of other big story lines came out of Week 11’s opening day of action.

Below is a recap of all the games that took place on Saturday, and you can watch the games back here as well as digesting the recaps and video highlights below.

Enjoy.

Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff City

The Villans got a massive shutout win as they roared ahead in the second half thanks to two late goals from Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak. For most of the game, stubborn defense from both sides cancelled each other out but Villa finally got a late breakthrough

Chelsea 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

What drama at Stamford Bridge, as Jose Mourinho’s 65 game unbeaten run at home in the league as Chelsea boss looked to be coming towards an end, only for a dubious late penalty to save the day. Eden Hazard converted to save their blushes after West Brom had taken the lead going into stoppage time as goals from Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon had overturned Samuel Eto’o opener. Fantastic game.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Alas, Palace got a point! The Eagles will feel hard done by to not have taken all three points against a slightly lackluster Everton side. Regardless, it was their first PL point in eight games as a new manager coming in will be impressed with the Eagles battling. As for the Toffees, another shutout and a great defensive display as Palace threw everything at them… but Robert Martinez must be worried with the lack of goals.

Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

Luis Suarez stole the show once again as he bagged two goals and his first half header was deflected off Fernando Amorebietta for the opener. Martin Skrtel got in on the act too as a woeful Fulham outfit were put to the sword by the rampant Reds at Anfield. Steven Gerrard was in mercurial form as Liverpool rise to second.

Norwich City 3-1 West Ham United

What a great turnaround from the Canaries as they recorded their first-win since September after West Ham went ahead in the first half At Carrow Road. Ravel Morrison put the Hammers ahead, but a Gary Hooper’s first goal for Norwich got them level and then a Robert Snodgrass free kick and Leroy Fer’s first Canaries goal sealed the impressive, and much-needed, win.

Southampton 4-1 Hull City

The Saints put in an incredible first half display as onlooking England manager Roy Hodgson was treated to a show from some of his recent additions. Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin opened the scoring, then Rickie Lambert banged home a penalty and captain Adam Lallana danced his way through five Hull defenders before slotting home. After the break Yannick Sagbo got one back, but Steven Davis scored late on to put some extra gloss on the win. Saints up to third.

Barcelona’s Twitter hacked to claim Di Maria signing

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FC Barcelona had eyeballs popping across the Twitterverse for a solid 90 seconds there.

La Liga’s giants Tweeted out a welcome to Angel Di Maria, the current PSG and former Real Madrid star, with the hashtag #DiMariaFCB.

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It was an odd Tweet for 4 a.m. local time, as humourously pointed out by our Andy Edwards, and the hackers were quick to claim credit before any Tweets could be deleted.

So if someone tells you Angel Di Maria is the latest member of Barcelona, be sure to stop the spread of fake news.

On a day where Barca’s reportedly ready to up their bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, something tells us someone at the Camp Nou is turning over their keys to the club’s social media.

Rescheduled Yankees game moves NYCFC-Houston to Connecticut

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A rescheduled New York Yankees game is moving New York City FC to Connecticut.

Relax, it’s only for a day.

NYCFC will entertain the Houston Dynamo at Rentschler Field at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 instead of their regular home of Yankee Stadium.

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The club will offer tickets to another match to current ticket holders, and will also discount tickets to the game in East Hartford for fans who hold tickets to the Yankee Stadium game and want to travel for the Dynamo match (More info here, if you are in either of those camps).

This is the third of three scheduled seasons NYCFC will play at Yankee Stadium, and it doesn’t look like it’ll find a new home any time soon.

Given the everyday nature of Major League Baseball, it’s surprising there have not been more conflicts for NYCFC. We just remain hopeful for the day we can watch NYC’s star-studded roster play on a bigger home field.

“Injustice.” “Incomprehensible.” Ronaldo again protests suspension

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The five-game suspension Cristiano Ronaldo received for making contact with an official is not sitting well with the forward.

Better put: it’s still not sitting well.

Six days ago, Ronaldo took to Instagram to say he was being persecuted after his red card in the Spanish Super Cup.

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Tuesday afternoon, he kept up the strong words by saying the suspension is “incomprehensible” and “an injustice.”

Roughly translated, Ronaldo posted, “One more incomprehensible decision. From injustice to injustive, they will never overcome me. And as always I will come back stronger. Thank you to all who have supported me.”

We’ll say this: He’s a really good soccer player.

Barca to offer Liverpool $176M for Coutinho

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Barcelona is insane.

Desperate following a rough two-legged loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, the Blaugranas are reportedly ready to offer $176 million to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho.

Read it again: $176 million for Philippe Coutinho. It’s about $126 million with $12 million more when Barca clinches a UCL spot over the next four seasons (which they have done every year since finishing sixth in 2002-03).

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Even in this transfer market, that’s nuts. Crazy to offer, and maybe even crazier not to accept.

That’s pretty much two-thirds of the Neymar money. Two-thirds (I keep repeating myself with this story)

It’s even a convenient out for Jurgen Klopp, who’s said Liverpool is not a selling club. Here, he can say with a straight face that the club can improve with this money by selling a player who has — and I recognize it’s not all about goals and assists — one double-digit goal season in his career and a career single-season high of seven PL assists (done thrice).

Almost anyone who’s had the audacity to say the Reds should accept the bid has often been shot down by the Anfield faithful online. “It’ll ruin our season” and “How do we replace him this late?” are the common cries.

To the first question: No, it won’t. To the second: Easy?

It’s not like-for-like, but nearly every player in the world is available for $176 million. It’s not like-for-like, but here’s a short list: Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale, Paulo Dybala, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus… Shoot! Klopp could sign 2-3 of his favorite BVB alums.

With this fee, Coutinho would become the second-highest transfer fee of all-time, behind only Neymar. There are makeweights Barcelona could offer that would make the deal even more intriguing to the Reds: Arda Turan, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez.

Look at it from a neutral’s eyes — which I know is hard from the number of times I’ve read @ Tweets that say, “The only people who would like this deal are fans of Chelsea or United!” — at some point, it becomes unreasonable to not take advantage of Barcelona’s desperation. Maybe Coutinho is worth the “fit” for Barca, but rejecting this fee is more illogical than the offer itself.

At the risk of inflaming every more Liverpool supporters, Ross Barkley is probably going to cost someone $35 million and he’s a year and a half younger (Coutinho is a superior player right now, but we’re talking about the market here).

And, lastly, at some point you’re telling your entire team room that you’re willing to turn down near record money — it would be the highest non-buyout clause transfer ever — to keep a player from his dream club.

Take the money. Use it. Move on.