Take a bow, Daniel Osvaldo.
After joining Southampton from AS Roma in the summer for a club record $22.5 million, Italian international striker Osvaldo produced a moment of sheer brilliance as the Saints made it 1-1 just before half time against Manchester City.
A long ball to the left side of the box found the lone striker and he took the ball down with three City defenders around him. A few flicks and touches saw Osvaldo expertly create himself some space and he then curled in a inch-perfect effort into the top corner to send the home fans into raptures with his second goal in as many games.
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In truth it was no more than the home side deserved as they pegged City back after Sergio Aguero’s opener. The Saints, who were playing with three teenagers in their starting lineup, were pressing to go ahead as the half time whistle blew.
Watch live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra to see if Osvaldo can pull off another worldy or if Man City will compose themselves and go back ahead.
It’s a big one, you know: Manchester United hosts Chelsea in a battle for table positioning on Sunday at Old Trafford (Watch live at 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
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Scrutinized summer signings Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata start at center forward for their respective sides.
Morata scored the lone goal when Chelsea beat United 1-0 in November.
Jose Mourinho has opted for Scott McTominay over Michael Carrick and Juan Mata in the midfield, while Anthony Martial gets the call over Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Chelsea will have Pedro and Olivier Giroud on the bench.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Alexis, Lukaku, Martial. Subs: Pereira, Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Rashford.
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud.
The Daily Mirror posted a profile on Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang late Saturday, speaking with the Gabonese striker as well as a number of people in his life.
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Most of the talk dealt with his obsession with soccer, which started as an admirer of his internationally-capped father, but the quotes getting attention come from Aubameyang and deal with his comfort as a flashy personality.
So for those wondering whether the 27-year-old is going to tame his off-field activities now that he’s moved to London, well, it’s unlikely.
Aubameyang has a bit of David Beckham in him, cognizant of his background and relishing his place in life.
“The clothes, the cars and all that are a bonus. I enjoy living this way. I like who I am and it doesn’t matter if other people can’t accept that – it goes over my head.
“As they say ‘you only live once’. It’s important to know where you come from and where your roots are – the rest is a big bonus.”
Any number of players, from Andy Carroll to Cristiano Ronaldo, have appreciated the very same things.
It’s not a big deal.
As long as on-field performances accompany them, any criticism is driven by envy or a need to attract a similar form of attention as the player himself.
Crystal Palace could find itself back in the relegation zone with a heavy home defeat Saturday, and Tottenham Hotspur is certainly capable of providing such misery (Watch live at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
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Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Riedewald, McArthur, Townsend, Sorloth, Benteke. Subs: Henry, Souare, Delaney, Rakip, Lokilo, Kirby, Lee.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Dele, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Trippier, Rose, Sissoko, Lucas, Son.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) Jonas scored two late goals to lead Benfica’s 3-1 comeback win at Pacos Ferreira on Saturday, keeping it close to Portuguese league leader FC Porto.
Jonas equalized in the 72nd minute and gave the defending champion the lead in the 88th.
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Rafa Silva added a third goal after the host was reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Gian dos Santos was shown a direct red card.
Luiz Phellype gave Pacos Ferreira the lead in the ninth.
The double increased Jonas’ league-leading tally to 27 goals.
Benfica moved to within two points of Porto before the pacesetter visits Portimonense on Sunday.
Sporting Lisbon is third at five points behind Porto. It hosts Moreirense on Monday.