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Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Mane wins Merseyside

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  • No shots in first half
  • Stekelenburg injured
  • Barkley avoids red
  • Mane strikes late

This one was a Merseyside Derby throwback, two rivals trading nasty tackles and shoves at Goodison Park on Monday.

Sadio Mane scored the match’s only goal in the third of eight minutes of second half stoppage, beating Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori to a Daniel Sturridge reboundand lifting Liverpool into second on the Premier League table with 37 points.

Everton stays 9th with 23 points.

Despite electric attackers on both sides of the ball, the key players were disruptive midfielders Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Henderson.

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Everton was unquestionably the better side as the first half settled into form. Aaron Lennon had a cross for Romelu Lukaku cut out by Ragnar Klavan, and Ross Barkley bounced a low shot wide as the half reached its midpoint.

First to almost every ball, the Toffees looked inexhaustable. Idrissa Gana Gueye was again a lively part of what Everton did, but their midfield joined the backs in buzzing around any ball Liverpool moved into an area of danger.

And yet a rare moment of Liverpool attack though Georginio Wijnaldum and Nathaniel Clyne brought the match to its feet only to see Divock Origi rip his shot wide from near the penalty spot.

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Everton moved out James McCarthy for Gareth Barry at half, with the latter making his 750th appearance.

Yet Liverpool had the better of play in the opening stages of the second half. Roberto Firmino flubbed a chance to beat an offguard Maaten Stekelenburg. Then Toffees defender Leighton Baines cleared a chance and went clattering into Stekelenburg after Firmino backheeled Sadio Mane in on the Everton keeper.

Stekelenburg continued to move gingerly, and eventually had to leave the match with Joel Robles entering the fray.

As things escalated, Mike Dean somehow resisted giving Ross Barkley red for a studs-up tackle on Henderson’s ankle. Seamus Coleman and Dejan Lovren saw yellow in the 69th minute after racing to join a follow-up fracas.

A rare moment of attack came via Firmino, who tore into an 80th minute chance only to see Robles fly to push the ball away from danger.

With 8 minutes stoppage, there would be plenty of time for an opener. Mane found it when Sturridge hit a bounding ball off the post. A diving Robles couldn’t reclaim the center of goal before Mane left-footed the ball under his flailing arms.

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La Liga & Serie A: Bale leads Real to seven-goal outburst and more

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A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo La Coruna

Now, this is more like it from the defending European champions. Zinedine Zidane’s side went behind on Sunday when Adrian put the visitors in front, however, Real Madrid woke up and scored seven unanswered goals at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale was the star on the day with a brilliant curler that kicked off the first of his two goals (below). After Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to go down inside the penalty area, Bale carried on and put the ball onto his left foot before sliding his shot in off the inside of the far post.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo picked up a brace of his own on the day, both of which came off of headers for the Portuguese international. The veteran goalscorer also got bloodied on the day, but that didn’t stop him from adding to his impressive goal total.

Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona

A slow start to the match was aided by a Barcelona team that came out for blood in the second stanza. Ivan Rakitic and braces from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi paced the road side in the second half, keeping their unbeaten La Liga record in tacked.

Although Rakitic was the first to find his name on the scoresheet, it was his assist to Suarez that later on that proved to be a thing of excellence from both parties.

The first half was mildly uneventful for the Blaugrana, however, the Catalonians suffered another injury blow as Thomas Vermaelen left the match after pulling up in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring pull.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Alaves 2-2 Leganes
Real Sociedad 1-2 Celta Vigo

Lazio 5-1 Chievo Verona

Lazio moved into third place in Serie A after a convincing victory at the Stadio Olimpico. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s double for the hosts helped propel them to the win, after Luis Alberto kicked off the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Chievo found a brief response two minutes later, but from there it was all Lazio as they closed to within 11 points of league leaders Napoli.

Cagliari 1-2 AC Milan

Franck Kessié scored twice in six minutes to pull Milan back into the match on the day, and that was exactly what they needed to secure three points at the Sardegna Arena. AC Milan sits seventh in Italy’s top flight through 21 matches, 23 points behind Napoli.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Inter Milan 1-1 Roma
Udinese 1-1 SPAL
Sassuolo 1-1 Torino
Sampdoria 3-1 Fiorentina
Bologna 3-0 Benevento
Hellas Verona 0-3 Crotone
Atalanta 0-1 Napoli

Video: Kurzawa silences Lyon with spectacular volley

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Lyon went ahead inside the opening two minutes, but then Layvin Kurzawa had his say for the visitors on the stroke of halftime.

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Dani Alves set up the defender for one of the best volleys you’ll see in first-half stoppage time on Sunday to level the match at 1-1.

Watch below as PSG ties things up with just seconds remaining before the halftime whistle.

Video: Fekir’s brilliant free kick has Lyon leading PSG

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Paris-Saint Germain has established itself as one of Europe’s best sides, but their opponent on Sunday isn’t playing scared against Neymar and Co.

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Lyon has taken a 1-0 lead inside the opening two minutes against the Parisians after a stunning free kick by Nabil Fekir caught PSG keeper Alphonse Aréola off his line.

The hosts could move all the way up to second place today with a victory over PSG, who holds the league lead in Ligue 1 with a nine-point advantage.

The 24-year-old Fekir has been a revelation for Lyon in his fifth season with the club, scoring his 19th goal in all competitions on Sunday.

That total has already surpassed his career-high from the 2014/15 season, when he eclipsed 15 goals.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie injured in Schalke draw

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Look away, U.S. Men’s National Team fans.

American and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie was forced out of Sunday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Hanover 96 after the 19-year-old collided with Felix Kraus.

McKennie, who entered the match in the 62nd minute for Leon Goretzka, managed to stay on the field for nearly 20 minutes before being substituted out.

To this point there has been no indication that the young USMNT player’s injury is serious.

More to follow…