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Swansea City 0-1 Chelsea: Ba breaks through vs 10-man Swans (video)

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Demba Ba’s second-half goal broke the resolve of 10-man Swansea City, as Chelsea stayed in the Premier League title hunt with a 1-0 win at Swans on Sunday.

Chelsea is again two points back of No. 1 Liverpool, with their match-up at Anfield looming in a fortnight. Swansea remains in the relegation mix, its 33 points just three above No. 18 Fulham.

Chico Flores took two yellow cards within three minutes, and Swansea City was down to 10 men by the time the clock struck 17.

The second came when Schurrle went down outside the 18 after a high challenge, and referee Phil Dowd took his time before producing the second yellow (much to the consternation of Swansea manager Garry Monk).

Yet Chelsea couldn’t find a goal, and the minutes sped by for Blues supporters. While goals were coming in bunches back home in London, Swansea was proving stout. The Premier League title was looking more and more Liverpool as they match wore on.

Swansea almost went in front, against so much of the odds, in the 60th minute. Wayne Routledge’s shot, however, was deflected wide and Swans could do nothing with the ensuing corner.

But Ba proved hero again. After his UEFA Champions League quarterfinal heroics, the Senegalese striker took a left-footed strike. A slight deflection off Ashley Williams was enough to fool Michel Vorm, and Chelsea went up 1-0 in the 69th minute.

Swans gave the Blues a few scares in the final minutes, but it was not to be for the hosts. The early sending-off proved too much.


Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Chico (Red card, 16′), Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, Dyer (Ngog, 73′), Hernandez (Amat, 19′), Routledge, Bony

Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Fulton, de Guzman, Emnes,

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires (Oscar, 46′), Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle (Eto’o, 46′); Ba (Mikel Obi, 79′)

Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.