Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United: Potters bag massive win, upset Red Devils (video)

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Stoke City sealed a much-needed 2-1 win against Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, as the Red Devils slipped up yet again.

Two goals from Charlie Adam gave Stoke all three points as one long-range strike in either half downed Man United, who were briefly on level terms after Robin van Persie’s well-taken equalizer.

However that was as good as it got for United, as the latest loss in a serious of faltering performances saw David Moyes’ side second-best for much of the clash at a blustery Britannia Stadium.

The victory was Stoke’s first win in seven games and former Man United legend Mark Hughes saw his side stop the rot, after three-straight defeats. The Potters needed this, their first -ever win against United in the Premier League, big-time.

With the victory Stoke climbed out of the relegation zone and up to 11th, with 25 points from 24 games. While United stay in seventh on 40 points after their eighth defeat of the season.

(MORE: David Moyes tries to put positive spin on Manchester United loss; eight defeats and counting this season)

Manchester United were comfortable but struggled to carve out any clear cut chances in the opening 20 minutes.

Johnny Evans was forced off injured as United had to reshuffle their defensive line with Rafael coming off the bench.

In the 27th minute Robin van Persie saw his close-range header deflected over the bar, as United began to turn the screw and put Stoke’s defense under pressure.

Stoke, to their credit, tried to force the issue in the difficult conditions and were soon 1-0 up. In the 38th minute Adam drilled a free kick from 25-yards out and his effort deflected off Michael Carrick’s knee and into the net.

But there was a lengthy break in play after that goal, as United midfielder Phil Jones clashed heads with Jonathan Walters and had to be stretchered off. That forced yet another reshuffle as Carrick had to go and play center back as Danny Welbeck came on.

Stoke went in 1-0 up at the break, as United had plenty of work to do after the break.

But within a minute of the restart the Red Devils were level as Juan Mata played Van Persie through and the Dutch international curled home a beauty to make it 1-1.

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However Stoke regained their lead within five minutes as Adam scored an absolute screamer with his left foot, to grab his second of the game and seventh of the season. The ball dropped to the Scottish international perfectly and Adam sent a rasping shot past David De Gea to put the Potters back in front.

Another head injury then stopped play, as Stoke’s Walters had to go off after another nasty clash of heads. Bodies were flying all over the place as both sides were desperate for the points, for very different reasons.

United kept surging forward to try and bag an equalizer, as Patrice Evra was stopped by a sharp stop at his near post by Begovic. But Stoke were still going forward and wanted to seal the win, with substitute Oussama Assaidi rifled a volley just over the bar.

Late on Rooney looked set to score from 10-yards out but Stoke blocked his effort then his free-kick was tipped onto the post, as the Potters held on for a memorable victory.

LINEUPS

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Odemwingie, Whelan (Palacios, 83), Adam, Arnautovic (Assaidi, 72), Walters (Ireland, 60); Crouch

Goals: Adam (38 & 51)

Manchester United: De Gea; Jones (Welbeck 45), Smalling, Evans (Rafael, 11), Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Young, Rooney, Mata; van Persie (Hernandez, 78)

Goal: Van Persie (46)

French league terminates goal-line technology contract

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PARIS (AP) The French football league has terminated the contract with its goal-line technology provider after a series of glitches.

The LFP had already suspended the use of GoalControl, the German system that was deployed at the 2014 World Cup.

According to L’Equipe newspaper, the league will launch a tender in February to find a new provider of the technology that determines whether the ball crossed the line.

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In recent months, the French league had repeatedly expressed its discontent with GoalControl.

Goal-line technology entered soccer after a goal was wrongly disallowed at the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA is already focused on fast-tracking the next phase of technology – video assistant referees – for the World Cup in June.

Goal-line technology and VAR were provided by Hawk-Eye at the Confederations Cup last year.

Bristol City’s Johnson: “They certainly have heard of us now”

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The Premier League world may see Bristol City next season, but it seems its manager has the personality to arrive on the top flight whether or not his Robins earn promotion this season.

Johnson, 36, earned plenty of plaudits after leading his Championship club to the League Cup semifinals, famously defeated Manchester United in the quarters.

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Before that, Bristol beat Premier League sides Crystal Palace, Stoke City, and Watford. The Robins beat third tier Plymouth Argyle 5-0 in the first round.

Johnson was beaming after the Robins took Man City to the edge, closing to within a goal of extra time before Kevin De Bruyne‘s stoppage time number ended the tie 5-3 on aggregate.

“Absolutely I’m proud. It’s not just tonight but over the course of the season, particularly the cup run. It was a fantastic occasion, I’m sorry we couldn’t get the win but we played against the best side that I have ever seen live. They have so many good individuals.

“We kept going and it’s taken two injury-time goals to beat us. They certainly have [heard of us] now…everybody knows what we’re about. It’s been great.”

Bristol City is in the Championship’s fifth place, bidding for its first top flight campaign since 1980. Johnson should be a hot prospect to earn a shot in the Premier League should the Robins not make the jump.

League Cup semifinal preview: Arsenal vs. Chelsea

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  • Chelsea has won 4-of-7 League Cup matches vs. Arsenal
  • Arsenal leads all-time series 74W-58D-62L
  • Clubs have drawn four times this season

Hardware hopes are on the line when Chelsea hits the Emirates Stadium for a League Cup semifinal second leg with Arsenal on Wednesday.

The sides drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge, giving Chelsea the advantage of knowing a scoring draw would do the trick and set up a date with Manchester City at Wembley on Feb. 25, though Arsenal has home field advantage in pursuit of a win.

[ MORE: Bristol City 2-3 (3-5 agg.) Man City ]

Henrikh Mkhitaryan may debut for Arsenal, though the club released an interesting note on Tuesday: He’ll wear No. 7 in most competitions, but will have to use a different number in the Europa League because Alexis Sanchez wore it to start the tournament.

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte won’t have Alvaro Morata (back) and Cesc Fabregas for the match, though Andreas Christensen will be available for selection.

The clubs are no strangers to each other in big non-PL spots, squaring off in this season’s Community Shield (Arsenal won in penalty kicks) and last season’s FA Cup Final (Arsenal won).

Nothing has separated the sides on the field aside from those penalty kicks at Wembley Stadium, as Arsenal and Chelsea have drawn 1-1, 0-0, 2-2, and 0-0 since August.

What they’re saying

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Henrikh Mkhitaryan“He can play in different positions, but personally I see him first in a wide position, but I’m thinking about him a possibility to play through the middle. You are certain in our job of nothing, that’s absolutely sure. But you believe and I believe he has the qualities to do well, is a team player and our game is based on team attitude and movement and I think he can absorb the quantity of movement in our team.”

Chelsea’s Conte on the lineup: “Every game is different, you change the quality of your opponent and you must be intelligent enough to understand if you should continue with the same players or make some changes.”

Javier Mascherano leaving Barcelona after 8 seasons

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says defender Javier Mascherano is leaving the club after eight seasons.

Barcelona says there will be a farewell ceremony on Wednesday with Mascherano, club president Josep Bartomeu and the rest of the squad.

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The 33-year-old Argentina international will say goodbye to the fans before Thursday’s game against Espanyol at Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey. He is reportedly going to play in China.

Mascherano, who also played as a defensive midfielder, arrived in Barcelona in 2010 from Liverpool and helped the Catalan club win 18 titles. He has made 334 appearances with Barcelona, but recently hadn’t been playing much.

The club earlier this month signed Colombia international Yerry Mina to boost its defense.

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