Premier League Roundup: Man United fall to Stoke, wins for Sunderland, Cardiff, Saints

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A truly mesmeric day of soccer in the Premier League took place on Saturday.

Comeback wins, red cards, penalties, upsets, derby delight and sorrow… we had it all.

Stoke City sealed their first-ever victory over Manchester United in the Premier League, as David Moyes’ men slumped once again. Elsewhere Sunderland sealed a massive 3-0 win away at Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby. What a victory.

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Basement boys Cardiff City and West Ham United to congest things even more in the bottom half of the table, (like, we really needed that) while Southampton and Everton beat Fulham and Aston Villa respectively.

All in all, it was yet another pulsating day of action across the PL.

With the match recaps,, video highlights and brief analysis, here’s your Saturday Roundup from the Barclays Premier League.

Enjoy.

Cardiff City 2-1 Norwich City

The Bluebirds scored twice in three minutes at the start of the second half to turn the game on its head. Debutant Kenwyne Jones bagged the winner, after Craig Bellamy cancelled out Robert Snodgrass’ opener, to give Cardiff a huge three points. While Norwich are sliding towards trouble once again. Have a drink tonight Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, enjoy your first Premier League win as a manager! Skål.

Everton 2-1 Aston Villa

A comeback win that showed real character, as the Toffees overturned a first half deficit against plucky Villa. Leandro Bacuna opened the scoring for Villa but Steve Naismith equalized, before Kevin Mirallas’ sublime free kick grabbed all three points for Roberto Martinez’s side late on. A good way to finish off the week for the Blue half of Merseyside.

Fulham 0-3 Southampton

The Saints ran riot in the second half at Craven Cottage, as Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert all scored to pile more misery on Fulham. Will the Cottagers go down? If they keep playing like this it’s almost nailed on, no matter how well they did in the transfer window. As for Southampton, England internationals Lallana Rodriguez and Lambert are a shoe-in for the World Cup squad, right?

Hull City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Hull are a tough team to beat at home, and Tottenham found that out after a debut goal from Shane Long but the Tigers in front. But Spurs dug deep in the second half and Paulinho bagged the North London side a point they deserved to take back down the M1. Both sides were happy with the draw.

Newcastle United 0-3 Sunderland

Derby Day delight for the third time running… this is all getting a bit too easy for Sunderland now, isn’t it? For the second-straight season the Black Cats waltzed into St. James’ Park and delivered a damaging 3-0 defeat to Newcastle, as the Mackems went 2-0 up early on through Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson. In the second half Newcastle tried to pull one back, but a late Jack Colback goal gave Sunderland their third successive league win over Newcastle. The last time they did that? 1923.

Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United

A massive win for Stoke down the bottom, as the league is so tight they started the game off in the relegation zone… then beat United to go 11th in the standings! It was a gritty display from the Potters, who have never beaten United in the Premier League. Two Charlie Adam strikes either side of half time did the business (the second was a real beauty) despite Robin van Persie’s equalizer sandwiched in-between. David Moyes tried to put on a brave face, but that’s eight defeats in the PL this season for the Red Devils.

West Ham 2-0 Swansea City

Two Kevin Nolan goals from two Andy Carroll assists, that’s West Ham alright. The Hammers ground out a typically dogged win at Upton Park, as they eased relegation fears with a robust performance against Swansea. Although their was one downside, as Carroll was sent off for an apparent elbow on Chico Flores. It looked a little harsh. Meanwhile the Swans are in trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Terim steps down as Turkey manager after restaurant fight

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Turkey’s soccer federation says it has parted ways with national team manager Fatih Terim.

The announcement on Wednesday came weeks after Terim and his two sons-in-law were involved in a fight with a restaurant owner.

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The Turkish Football Federation statement said Terim, 63, and the federation agreed that “it would be healthier for both sides to part ways,” saying non-football related issues were harming both Terim and the federation.

It also thanked Terim, who has headed the national team since 2013, for his services.

Terim previously managed Galatasaray, Milan and Fiorentina. There was no word on who would replace him.

BVB mid Merino reportedly undergoing Newcastle medical

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It’s been a wild year for Mikel Merino, and now the Spaniard is close to playing for a legend from his home country.

Merino joined Borussia Dortmund from Osasuna last summer, and the 21-year-old had a hard time getting playing time under Thomas Tuchel.

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A defensive midfielder who also plays center back and a bit further up the pitch, Merino is set to join Rafa Benitez on loan at Newcastle United for the club’s return to the Premier League next month.

Merino was photographed in Newcastle on Wednesday, and would join a central midfield with Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden. Both players thrived in the Championship last season.

The Magpies turned Christian Atsu‘s loan permanent to start the summer, and then purchased Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, and Javier Manquillo.

FIFA approves Simunovic switch from Croatia to Bosnia

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has approved a change of nationality for Croatia-born defender Jozo Simunovic to represent Bosnia-Herzegovina in its push to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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FIFA says it informed the Bosnian federation on Tuesday that its players’ status panel granted the request to change eligibility.

The 22-year-old Simunovic has Bosnian family roots but represented neighboring Croatia at youth level.

Simunovic could switch teams under FIFA rules because he never played a competitive game for Croatia’s senior team.

The Celtic player can now be selected next month in Bosnia’s squad for World Cup qualifying games away to Cyprus and Gibraltar.

Bosnia is third in its group, one point behind Greece in the runners-up spot, which can earn a playoff place.

Premier League in USA: Checking in on Manchester clubs, Spurs

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Three Premier League giants are continuing their tours in the United States of American with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all competing in the International Champions Cup.

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Man United and Spurs have both played twice in the ICC, while Man City play their second game Stateside on Wednesday against two-time reigning champions Real Madrid.

Tottenham and Man City will face each other in Nashville on Saturday to finish up their preseason tours of the USA.

Below is a look at the latest action for Spurs, City and United.


Manchester City vs. Real Madrid – Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena

After losing to Manchester United in their opening preseason game in Houston, Texas last week, Pep Guardiola‘s men will step up their preparations against the might of Real Madrid. With Danilo and Benjamin Mendy now on board (the latter is recovering from a small injury so will not feature), plus Kyle Walker and Ederson with Bernardo Silva on a break after appearing at the Confederations Cup this summer, Pep is likely to have two new full backs and a new goalkeeper on show in this one.

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Youngster Phil Foden dazzled against Manchester United at NRG Stadium last week and should be given plenty of chances to impress in preseason. Real Madrid are without Cristiano Ronaldo for these games but Zindeine Zidane’s men still have plenty of firepower, even though their big names failed to dazzle in the penalty kick defeat to Man United over the weekend in Santa Clara, Calif. Spanish clubs do start preseason later than PL teams due to the La Liga schedule.

Guardiola coming up against Real Madrid is always a tasty affair and City will then complete their U.S. tour by facing Tottenham Hotspur in Nashville on Saturday. Real face arch-rivals Barcelona in Miami on Sunday before then facing the MLS All-Stars in Chicago on Aug. 2.


Manchester United vs. Barcelona – Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. ET at FedEx Field, Washington D.C.

In their four games Stateside this summer United have a 100 percent record and Jose Mourinho has hailed the trip as “magnificent” for preparations and a game against Barcelona the “perfect” way to end things.

After beating Man City 2-0 and then Real Madrid on PKs after a 1-1 draw, Mourinho will face a familiar foe in Barcelona and United will meet them in a repeat of the 2009 and 2011 UEFA Champions League finals.

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Mourinho will continue to rotate his team as new signings Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof have both impressed so far and the Red Devils have switched between 3-4-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations. Juan Mata and Ander Herrera will not feature after picking up knocks, while Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo remain out long-term.

Barca beat Juventus 2-1 at MetLife Stadium on Saturday with Neymar scoring twice in the first half and the Brazilian’s future is the main question for the Spanish giants as Paris Saint-Germain reportedly line up a world-record bid to sign him. Expect a packed house at FedEx Field just outside Washington as United aim to end their preseason tour of the U.S. in style.


Tottenham 2-3 AS Roma – at Red Bull Arena, New Jersey on Tuesday

Mauricio Pochettino‘s men battled back from 2-0 down to tie it up late, but then Roma scored in stoppage time to win the International Champions Cup clash.

All of the big guns started for Spurs but it was Roma who took the lead with Diego Perotti scoring from the penalty spot after a harsh handball call on Spurs’ U.S. national team youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers. Tempers flared up throughout this game as Harry Kane thought he should have had a penalty kick and then lunged into a tackle, while on the sidelines Mauricio Pochettino was close to losing his cool. Maybe that was down to some uncharacteristic lackluster defending from his side…

Roma went 2-0 up in the 70th minute when Cengiz Under finished calmly but Spurs rallied late on as substitute Vincent Janssen hit the post but fellow sub Harry Winks tapped home the rebound, then Janssen equalized in stoppage time as it looked like Tottenham would grab a draw. However, Marco Tumminello struck in the 92nd minute (despite looking to haul Kevin Wimmer to the ground in the process) to grab the win for Roma in front of a raucous RBA crowd with plenty of Tottenham fans turning out to see their team in action.

Take a look at the video highlights below from the wild friendly, while next up for Spurs is their final International Champions Cup game in Nashville against Manchester City on Saturday. Roma play Juventus on Sunday to finish up their U.S. tour.