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Premier League Roundup: Liverpool, Man United, Palace, Swansea win, Arsenal held

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On a wild Tuesday night around the Premier League, we had plenty of drama with red cards, penalties, awful weather conditions and massive wins.

Nothing new here, right?

With plenty of goals flying in under the floodlights in packed out PL stadiums, we certainly had some memorable moments play out with Liverpool bagging a huge derby win, Manchester United back on track with Juan Mata shining on his debut and Arsenal held away at Southampton to leave the title race wide open.

For recaps, brief analysis and video highlights on all the games, look no further than this roundup as we tell you everything you need to know.

Let’s get to it.

Crystal Palace 1–0 Hull City

This was never going to be one for the purists, and it duly delivered in driving rain in South London. Palace got the win thanks to Jason Puncheon’s powerful first half goal, as the Eagles continue to soar up the league, while the Tigers tumble down the standings.

Liverpool 4-0 Everton

A superb display of clinical finishing clinched bragging rights on Merseyside for the Reds. An early goal from Steven Gerrard was added to by S.A.S. as Daniel Sturridge struck twice before half time and Luis Suarez bagged his 23rd of the season after the interval. The Toffees came unstuck in a big way at Anfield. Advantage Liverpool in the race for the top four.

Manchester United 2-0 Cardiff City

The Red Devils were back at it again, but came up against a spirited Cardiff side that scared them a little. New record-signing Juan Mata looked settled and Robin van Persie marked his return from injury with a goal. A few nervy moments were quelled by a second goal from Ashley Young, as United’s fans had something to cheer about.

Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

A bit of a bore draw at Carrow Road, but the Magpies were more likely to win it as they struck the woodwork on several occasions. It just wasn’t their night, as both teams were reduced to 10-men when Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson were sent off.

Southampton 2-2 Arsenal

The Saints tore Arsenal apart in the first half and led 1-0 after Jose Fonte’s header. But after the break two goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla put the Gunners ahead… but their lead didn’t last long as Adam Lallana made it 2-2. Cracking game on the South Coast, and late on more drama arrived as Matheiu Flamini was shown a straight red. Gunners pinned back as a win for Man City tomorrow could see them slip to second.

Swansea 2-0 Fulham

A first win in nine for Swansea, and boy, did they need this. Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores got the goals as home fans at the Liberty Stadium breathed a huge sigh of relief. As for Fulham, things just keep getting worse for the Cottagers as they’re heavily entrenched in the relegation zone.

Southampton: Van Dijk won’t leave, selling days likely done

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Ralph Krueger the Southampton Chairman looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Ralph Krueger doesn’t plan on selling any more big Southampton stars, and there’s none brighter than Virgil Van Dijk.

The Dutchman is perhaps the best center back in the Premier League, regularly linked with transfers to anywhere from Manchester City to Liverpool.

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But Krueger says Saints have had enough of selling big assets. Southampton has sold Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, and Nathaniel Clyne in the past three seasons, and those are just the names to go to Liverpool. Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama have also moved on from St. Mary’s.

From Sky Sports:

“We would like to move away from that and we feel confident this summer will be a lot quieter in Southampton and we can keep the core of this team moving forward for a few years.

“That is going to be important when you see how excellent the group is right now and how exciting the football is. The game we are playing is a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to be part of.”

Saints were the more effective side in a 3-2 EFL Cup Final loss to Manchester United this weekend, but are well off the pace in the race to make back-to-back trips into Europe.

It will be hard to hold onto Van Dijk and even new bright light Manolo Gabbiadini without Europe, but Krueger is a strong leader with the ability to convince almost anyone to buy into a plan.

Real Salt Lake signs Plata to multi-year DP deal

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SANDY, Utah (AP) Real Salt Lake has re-signed forward Joao Plata to a multi-year contract and he will continue to hold a designated-player spot.

The 24-year-old was acquired from Toronto FC before the 2013 season and he has 30 goals and 30 assists in regular-season play with RSL.

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Plata ranks No. 3 on the team’s all-time assists list and No. 5 in goals. He has 33 goals and 35 assists during his MLS career.

Real Salt Lake begins the season Saturday when it hosts Toronto FC.

Gotze out indefinitely with metabolism disorder

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Mario Gotze’s last few seasons have not fulfilled the expectations thrust about the World Cup-winning attacker.

Gotze, 24, scored the 113th minute goal that lifted Germany past Argentina in the 2014 World Cup, but has endured successive disappointing seasons between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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With just two goals this season, Gotze has played just 24 minutes since BVB came back from winter break. On Monday, the club revealed why: a metabolism disorder that will keep him out for an indefinite period of time. From Sky Sports:

“We are glad to know the reasons for Mario’s complaints and we are convinced that after recovering he will give us extra quality with his exceptional abilities,” said Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc.

“Mario gets the full backing and maximum support from all of us at Borussia Dortmund on his way back.”

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gotze at his best, and here’s hoping this problem is both curable and the reason for his struggles.

Liverpool hires EA Sports executive as new CEO

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Liverpool has named Peter Moore as the successor to chief executive office Ian Ayre.

Ayre, 53, is off to 1860 Munich this summer, and has stepped down early to allow Moore to take over.

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A Liverpool-born executive, Moore was the chief operating officer at EA Sports and has also worked with Microsoft and SEGA.

The move “completes a transitional phase” which saw several new names join the fray. From The Liverpool Echo:

The appointment completes a transition plan by FSG which included appointing Michael Edwards as sporting director while Billy Hogan was promoted to the role of managing director and chief commercial officer.