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Premier League Roundup: Upsets galore as Manchester United, Chelsea lose (video)

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Upsets were the order of the day in the Premier League in Week 15, as Manchester United and Chelsea both lost, while Man City failed to win once again away from home.

Big wins for Tottenham, Liverpool, Norwich and Crystal Palace saw all four move up to the table but the slaying of United and Chelsea, by Newcastle and Stoke respectively, will make the headlines around the PL.

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So, in case you missed any of the pulsating action on Saturday, here’s a tidy roundup with recaps, a snippet on each game and video highlights.

Enjoy, it’s been another stellar day in the PL.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff City

Tony Pulis has got the South London club firing on all cylinders as they win back-to-back PL games for the first time this season. The Eagles new strike-force of Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome both struck in a comfortable 2-0 win over goal shy Cardiff City. Can Palace really get out of trouble?

Liverpool 4-1 West Ham

Another home game, another thumping win for Liverpool as Luis Suarez struck twice and a mishmash of own goals and red cards saw this clash turn into a hugely one-sided affair. A whole host of late goals may have flattered Liverpool with the scoreline but Brendan Rodgers’ side moved into second as other sides near the top faltered.

Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United

Two home games in four days resulted in two 1-0 defeats for David Moyes and his floundering Manchester United side. The Red Devils are in serious trouble. United put in another hugely inept display as Wayne Rooney was injured and they badly missed him. Newcastle put in a composed performance as Yohan Cabaye struck late to win the game. It was the Magpies first win at Old Trafford since 1972 as United suffered back-to-back PL defeats for the first time since 2002.

Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

Injury-hit and suffering three defeats on the spin, the Saints could’ve been in for a hiding when Sergio Aguero put City 1-0 up early on. But instead the young side, which had three teenagers starting, dug in and a world class strike from Daniel Osvaldo put them level just before the break. The home side pushed on after the break and will feel hard done by that they didn’t grab all three points. City boss Manuel Pellegrini will take the point, after his side were outplayed for large periods. Good game.

Stoke City 3-2 Chelsea

Where do we start with this one? Well, Chelsea’s defense are in shambles after leaking six goals in two games this week and this time it cost Jose Mourinho’ side. Oussama Assaidi scored a screamer in stoppage time at the end of the game to win it for the Potters, as Stoke fought tooth and nail with Chelsea throughout with Andre Schurrle scoring both goals for the West London side. A damaging defeat for Mourinho, as his side slip further behind Arsenal.

Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

The Black Cats took the lead through Adam Johnson but Spurs showed guts and determination to battle back against the basement boys to seal a deserved win. In truth it could’ve been a bigger win for Tottenham but goals either side of half time, from Paulinho and an own-goal from John O’Shea, was enough to get all three points.

West Brom 0-2 Norwich City

A massive win for the Canaries on the road as Gary Hooper put them 1-0 up and Leroy Fer scored late on to seal the win. The Baggies weren’t at the races for long spells of the match and Norwich deserved the win to help them climb into midtable. Chris Hughton will be a happy man.

Pellegrini says announcing departure was mistake; Won’t jump into job

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini, right, and Bayern Munich's manager Pep Guardiola during the Champions League group D soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini thought it was the right thing to do; His club was reportedly looking for his successor, so why not let them do it in the open.

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What followed Pellegrini’s announcement that he would leave at the end of season were three straight losses and, arguably, City’s chances at a Premier League title.

From Sky Sports:

“After Guardiola said he was coming to England it was my decision [to go public] because all the media was talking about Guardiola here, Guardiola in Arsenal, Guardiola in Manchester United,” he told The Guardian.

“It was not fair for all managers – when everyone knew he was coming here. If I ask if I would do that again… I have some doubts.”

Pellegrini said the announcement didn’t make it difficult for him, but for his players.

The Argentine also said he’ll wait for an interesting job to come calling, and that he could be done managing forever if such an opportunity doesn’t present itself. That said, we think he’ll find a job that’s to his liking given this comment:

“Of course, I would miss it. The challenge keeps me alive.”

Life is a good motivator.

Will upsets continue in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s third round?

SANDY, UT - OCTOBER 1: The U.S. Soccer Championship trophy sits on display before the game between DC United and Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium October 1, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup hits the third round on Wednesday, with NASL teams entering the fray and at least one fourth-tier or lower side guaranteed to advance to face MLS competition.

The USASA had three teams win second round matches, and two will face each other on Wednesday. The L.A. Wolves knocked off the USL’s Orange County Blues, while L Maquina FC handed the NPSL’s Sacramento Gold an ouster. They will tangle for the right to a high-profile match-up with the L.A. Galaxy.

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We’ll also see NASL vs. USL geographical rivalries when Carolina faces Charlotte and Rayo OKC meets Oklahoma City.

Wednesday’s third round matches
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Jersey Express (PDL)
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
Miami FC (NASL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs FC Cincinnati (USL)
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (USASA)
Indy Eleven (NASL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)
Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Minnesota United (NASL)
Rayo OKC (NASL) vs Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Des Moines Menace (PD) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
Arizona United (USL) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
La Maquina (USASA) vs. L.A. Wolves (USASA)
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) vs. Sacramento Republic (USL)

Iranian woman “sneaks” into Persian League match dressed as a man

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An Iranian woman wanted to see her favorite team play badly, but knew well the unspoken rule: no females at the stadium.

The Independent has the story of a woman who dressed in layers and filmed herself in case trouble came from her attendance.

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Persepolis FC is the name of the club, and they play in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

From The Independent:

There is no official ban on women attending sports events in Iran, but they are often refused entry so it is rare for women to attend.

In a third video, the woman explains that she layered five T-shirts and five pairs of trousers to hide her figure and covered her face with face paint.

I recognize that this is the norm over there, but it’s still a striking story.

Report: Barcelona ready to swoop if Mourinho deems Mata surplus at Manchester United

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 01: Juan Mata (L) of Chelsea shakes hands with manager Jose Mourinho (R) after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between FC Steaua Bucuresti and Chelsea at the National Arena Stadium on October 1, 2013 in Bucharest, Romania.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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It’s a $40 million question for Manchester United: Will Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho work well together?

Their time at Chelsea was fractured when Mourinho deemed Mata surplus to requirement and shipped the Spaniard to Old Trafford.

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Mata, 28, has been a consistent performer for United, but will his reunion with Mourinho be short-lived? It’s easy to imagine both as ready to move on and Barcelona could be an option if that happens.

Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona could make a bid of close to $40 million in order to help the midfield continue to tick. Mata was a key part of United’s possession-based approach under Louis Van Gaal, and as a player really does fit the bill of a Mourinho-minded mid.

We’re just hoping that if Mata moves, he doesn’t switch anywhere that would change his English language blog posts.