Swansea City 1-0 Burnley: Dyer’s strike wins it for the Swans (video)

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Swansea City made it two wins from two to start the season as Nathan Dyer’s early goal was the difference at the Liberty Stadium.

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The Swans took the lead in the 23rd minute as Dyer broke free of Burnley’s defense and slotted home what turned out to be the game-winner.

To their credit Burnley pushed the home side hard but Sean Dyche’s men wasted several good chances as Lukas Jutkiewicz put a header over from close range in the second half when he should have equalized.

Burnley pressed for the crucial goal late on and were the better team in the second half but Garry Monk’s men continued their impressive start to the new campaign by grinding out another win. Swansea prevailed in the first ever top-flight meeting between these two sides.

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Early on Swansea nearly took the lead as Wilfried Bony’s header was cleared off the line by Jason Shackell in the 5th minute following Wayne Routledge’s pinpoint cross.

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Dyer’s goal was enough to sink Burnley.

After that early scare Burnley settled down as Danny Ings went close twice in quick succession. The England U-21 striker smashed just wide, then forced a great reaction stop from Lukasz Fabianski soon after as the Clarets pushed for the opener. In the 18th minute Routledge again caused problems down the left and his ball found Gylfi Sigurdsson but the Icelandic saw his shot saved well by Burnley’ keeper Tom Heaton.

In the 23rd minute Dyer put Swansea ahead as he beat Ben Mee, accelerated away from the Burnley defense and calmly slotted an effort into the bottom corner which Heaton should have done better with. The Swans were 1-0 up. Both teams huffed and puffed during the rest of the first half but it was the home side he had a comfortable lead at the break in South Wales. After the interval Burnley almost drew level when Jutkiewicz capitalized on a bad pass from Jordi Amat but Swansea’s skipper Ashley Williams came to the rescue as he blocked Jutkiewicz superbly.

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Burnley continued to push for the equalizer in the second half as Ings had a shot blocked, then Jutkiewicz missed their best chance of the game so far. A cross from the right found Jutkiewicz who beat Amat to the ball but sent his header over the bar from six-yards out. A great chance squandered by the  Clarets.

Late on Swansea came close to doubling their lead but Ki drilled an effort over after Bafetimbi Gomis battled for the ball in the box. The match played out with Burley trying to press but the Swans held on to make it two wins from two to start the season.

LINEUPS 

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Dyer (Montero, 66′), Sigurdsson, Routledge (Tiendalli, 90′), Bony (Gomis, 64′)

Goal: Dyer (23′)

Burnley:  Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Mee; Arfield, Jones (Sordell, 90′), Marney, Taylor (Wallace, 72′); Ings, Jutkiewicz (Barnes, 82′)

VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid

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Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.

The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).

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Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.

Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.

On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).

Ozil bristles at talk of Arsenal selling him

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Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.

The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.

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Ozil was not called up by Germany, and has missed four of his last nine Premier League matches. Three of those were for illness, and he missed last week’s loss to West Brom with a hamstring injury.

From Metro:

“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.

“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”

Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.

Sydney FC clinches first place in A-League

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SYDNEY (AP) After clinching first place in Australia’s A-League without taking the field, Sydney FC enhanced its record achievement with a 3-0 win over the Perth Glory on Sunday.

Sydney FC won the Premiers Plate as regular-season champions after the second-place Melbourne Victory lost 1-0 to Brisbane on Saturday, when Sydney had a night off.

The Brisbane win left Sydney with an unassailable 11-point lead in first place with three rounds to play.

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The Sydney side also created some history: it became the only team to have remained in outright first position in the standings for an entire season.

In the other match Sunday, the Wellington Phoenix beat Newcastle 5-0 to remain within five points of sixth-place Western Sydney for the final playoff spot.

Walking Dead? Star fittingly sees Exeter’s implausible comeback (video)

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As Rick Grimes, actor Andrew Lincoln regularly battles the undead on his show “The Walking Dead”.

As a friend of Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale, Lincoln was probably pretty happy to watch a team that would not die.

Exeter went down 3-0 when Yeovil Town broke a scoreless drought with a trio of tallies between the 62nd and 78th minutes.

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But Exeter’s David Wheeler scored in the 88th minute, and Troy Brown and Reuben Reid scored a minute apart at the beginning of stoppage time to earn a point for the League Two playoff hopeful.

Couple things on this video, too:

— Check out the shove on the goalkeeper when trying to collect the ball after the first goal of the fight back.

— Watch the man with his baby behind the net after the third goal. Did Mom know how safe her little one was?