Burnley 1-2 Man City; Aguero’s double sends City top

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  • Aguero scores twice
  • Marney puts Burnley ahead
  • City momentarily top
  • Clarets first home defeat since August

Manchester City beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday as Pep Guardiola‘s side battled back from 1-0 down to momentarily go top of the Premier League table.

Dean Marney‘s stunner put Burnley ahead in the first half but Aguero equalized before the break and his scrappy effort in the second half gave City the win.

Guardiola’s side now move on to 30 points, while Burnley remain on 14 points.

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Burnley had a penalty shout early on as a free kick into the box found Jeff Hendrick and he went down under contact from Nicolas Otamendi but no penalty was awarded.

After that Man City broke and Aguero’s shot from the edge of the box was saved well down low by Paul Robinson.

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Moments later Burnley took the lead as Robinson launched a long ball forward which found Marney 25 yards out and he hit a volley into the bottom corner. Turf Moor erupted. 1-0 to Burnley.

Nolito then had a chance down low with Robinson saved well as City did all the pressing as they tried to equalize before half time.

Yaya Toure played a one-two and drilled a shot off the near post and then Nolito’s shot was well blocked by Matt Lowton. From the resulting corner, City were level as a scramble in the box fell to Aguero at the back post and he poked home. 1-1.

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Robinson then denied Aguero and before the break Scott Arfield was brought on for the injured Marney and then Johann Berg Gudmundsson went down with a hamstring knock and James Tarlowski replaced him.

Sam Vokes had a chance for Burnley before half time but his header was saved down low by Claudio Bravo.

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In the second half City pinned Burnley back with Toure smashing over and then a moment of pure comedy arrived.

With Toure going down in the box (he had a good shout for a penalty kick) three Burnley players got in each others way and eventually the ball bobbled to Fernandinho who cut it back for Aguero and the ball bounced off his shin and in. Somehow, City lead 2-1. They all count…

Burnley almost equalized late on but Bravo saved Michael Keane‘s header after a goalmouth scramble and then the Chilean stopped Ashley Barnes‘ overhead kick.

Coutinho rocket helps LFC to PL Asia Trophy (video)

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Goals from Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool come back from an early deficit to win the PL Asia Trophy on Saturday in Hong Kong.

Islam Slimani gave Leicester City an early lead in front of a heavy pro-Liverpool crowd at Hong Kong Stadium, but Coutinho delivered the goods on both goals in a 2-1 win.

The tournament win is Liverpool’s first in its second trip to the PL Asia Trophy Final.

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First he crossed for Salah to head home, and then he scored the above goal by cutting in from the left and lashing a shot past a flailing Kasper Schmeichel.

We’ve seen this one before from Coutinho, just not on this particular continent. The Brazilian remains a Barcelona target, but looks prepared for the season in whatever land he sets foot.

Transfer rumor roundup: Latest on Alexis, Neymar to PSG; Van Dijk

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Neymar and Alexis Sanchez to Paris? Brazil and Chile’s finest living as one? Reunited and it feels so French?

The latter’s talents will see Arsenal’s resolve tested by a $46 million bid, according to Sky Sports, though Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been adamant that Sanchez will not be sold this summer.

Reports circled last year that Arsenal was prepared to offer Sanchez and Mesut Ozil record deals to stay at the club, though PSG has reportedly met with Sanchez and his agent with ideas of incredible $650,000 per week wages at the Parc des Princes.

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A source also told Sky Sports that it would take “a miracle” for Neymar to remain at Barcelona, so that Sanchez/Edinson Cavani/Neymar trident could be coming to a theater near you.


Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is hopeful of convincing Virgil Van Dijk to stay at St. Mary’s, but for now he’s been forced to ask the defender to take time away from the club.

Van Dijk, hopeful to engineer a move to a UEFA Champions League club, has not been in the preferred mental state for Pellegrino.

“When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave. I need to work with a player that works at 100 percent to defend Southampton. This is the decision. I had to say: ‘OK, if you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK, you have to train alone until this period of time.'”

Liverpool publicly ended their interest in Van Dijk following Southampton complaints, and the club maintains it will not sell the influential center back.


West Ham’s loan move for Joe Hart could see both of its 2016-17 goalkeepers leaving the London Stadium. Multiple reports say Darren Randolph could be off to Middlesbrough, with Adrian also heading to the Northeast to play for countryman Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

Must watch Milivojevic free kick leads Palace past WBA (video)

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Goals from Luka Milivojevic and Bakary Sako led Crystal Palace to a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the third place game of the PL Asia Trophy.

Palace had lost 2-0 to Liverpool in its semifinal, while West Brom fell to Leicester City in penalty kicks after trading goals over 90 minutes.

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Milivojevic’s free kick, won by Wilfried Zaha, was super. Whipped in with force and a wicked curl, Baggies keeper Ben Foster didn’t have a chance to reach it with his dive.

Sako created his goal with a darting move off a long dribble, though it needed a pair of deflections to get behind Foster.

The Baggies had their chances, and Julian Speroni made an outstanding save on Matty Phillips late in the match.

STREAM LIVE: Liverpool-Leicester duel for PL Asia Trophy

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Goals from Bakary Sako and Luka Milivojevic spearheaded Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the PL Asia Trophy third place game, and now Liverpool and Leicester City tangle for the title.

The final will be staged at 8:30 a.m. ET, when Liverpool will hope to build on a 2-0 semifinal win paced by Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke goals.

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West Brom lost to Leicester City in its semifinal when youngster Sam Field missed the side’s seventh attempt in penalty kicks. Jay Rodriguez scored the Baggies goal in regulation of a 1-1 draw.

Here are the lineups for Leicester City and Liverpool: