Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Slugfest ends even

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  • Milner scores penalty kick
  • Aguero equalizes for City
  • Liverpool unbeaten against top six
  • City unbeaten in 7 PL games

Manchester City and Liverpool left it all out on the pitch in an enthralling 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead with a controversial penalty kick but Sergio Aguero rescued a point for City as both teams had plenty of chances but couldn’t find a winner in a hugely entertaining contest.

With the point Man City stay in third and have 57 points, while Liverpool are fourth on 56 points.

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Kevin De Bruyne almost caught out Simon Mignolet at his near post as he mishit his cross as City grew into the game as the first half wore on. Fernandinho then whipped in a great cross which Aguero almost got on the end of but Joel Matip marshaled City’s Argentine striker expertly.

City continued to look the more dangerous as Aguero and Sane linked up and the latter sent in a cross which broke to David Silva who drilled a shot inches wide.

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Liverpool then ha a great chance to go ahead as Sadio Mane raced clear and latched onto a loose ball but Nicolas Otamendi and Claudio Bravo did enough between them to thwart the Senegalese forward. Georginio Wijnaldum went down in the box under pressure from Yaya Toure and Liverpool felt they should have had a penalty kick.

Man City then came agonizingly close to taking the lead as Silva’s ball into the six-yard box was about to be tapped home by Raheem Sterling but James Milner seemed to bundle him over and then Fernandinho slipped at the vital moment and put his shot wide. Moments later Willy Caballero pushed a fine shot by Roberto Firmino wide and then denied Adam Lallana as the first half finished with a flourish.

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Liverpool started the second half well as Lallana got free down the right and cut the ball back to Mane but his shot was brilliantly blocked by John Stones.

Moments later Liverpool were ahead as Milner slammed home a spot kick (his seventh of the season) after a challenge from Gael Clichy on Firmino which Michael Oliver deemed to be a foul. However replays showed that Clichy got the ball but that little difference as Liverpool led.

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The rest of the game continued to me an end-to-end encounter with Sterling going close and then Philippe Coutinho played clean through but Caballero coming up big once again.

City were eventually level as De Bruyne was free on the right flank and he whipped in a delightful ball which Aguero duly tapped home. 1-1. Game on. City pushed hard for the win as Sane and Aguero linked up superbly and Liverpool half cleared with the ball falling to De Bruyne but he hit the post with his shot.

At the other end Lallana missed a glorious chance as Wijnaldum played in Firmino with an amazing lobbed pass and he passed it to Lallana who completely missed the ball. Huge let off for City who then had a great chance of their own but Sterling’s short squirmed just wide as Mignolet raced out.

One final chance came and went as Aguero volleyed over at the back post from six yards out and that was that. What a game.

Report: Crystal Palace to build new stadium

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Crystal Palace may have a new home in the next few years.

That’s according to reports out of English, which state that Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish is set to make a major stadium announcement before Christmas.

Crystal Palace’s home stadium, Selhurst Park, is nearly 100 years old, and the club has looked over the last few years at either new locations for a stadium in South London or ways to renovate the current ground.

“When I came into this thing, the aim was to bring something for all of us to be proud of on the pitch and very importantly off the pitch,” Parish told the Croydon Advertiser. “We want to give everybody in Croydon a south London stadium that we can all be proud of and not lose our atmosphere and uniqueness.

“That’s a dream for me, a lifelong dream and one that hopefully everybody will share when they see what we’ve put together. It’s fantastically exciting times for us to look forward to.”

Unlike in America, where many sports owners demand a new stadium every 20-25 years or so, in England, there are many stadiums still in use across the Football League and Premier League that were initially built in the 1800s.

It’s unclear who would pay for a new Crystal Palace stadium, what it would look like and how many seats it would hold, but perhaps a new stadium and facility could help

FOLLOW LIVE – MLS Conference Finals, Leg 1

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There’s never been more on the line in the latest Trilliam Cup matchup.

For the first time, Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew will meet in the MLS Cup playoffs, kicking off at 8:00 p.m., with both teams taking different paths to the Eastern Conference finals.

Toronto FC battled the New York Red Bulls to win on away goals, after a 2-1 win in Red Bull Arena in the first leg, but tempers flared and the Supporters Shield winners will be without both Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore on Tuesday night. The Crew meanwhile survived an incredible 120 minutes at Atlanta United to win in a shootout, and then carried that momentum into a 4-3 aggregate victory over New York City FC.

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Now, with the Crew’s status in Columbus still up in the air, Crew fans have one chance to pack MAPFRE Stadium to support their team and prove to the league they can support an MLS franchise.

Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, the upstart Houston Dynamo host a sold-out crowd as the defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders visit, with kickoff set for 9:30 p.m.

The Dynamo stunned the injury-riddled Portland Timbers in the last round and the Dynamo has lost just once at home in MLS action this calendar year. On the other side, the Sounders are getting a major boost, with Osvaldo Alonso and Jordan Morris close to returning, either in this game or next week, and Clint Dempsey remains fit and raring to go back in his home state.

Follow all the action from tonight’s MLS Cup playoff matchups.

LAFC, Bradley add Egyptian international

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On it’s face, Los Angeles FC signing an Egyptian international may be strange.

But when you think about who’s calling the shots, it makes all the sense in the world.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley brought in a former player of his from his time with the Pharoahs, as Omar Gaber became the latest player to join the new MLS club. Gaber comes from FC Basel on a season-long loan. The 25-year-old right back has played just once for Basel in the 2017-2018 season in the league, finding himself on the outside looking in and looking for a new place to prove his fitness ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

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“I loved working with all the Egyptian players, and had a great opportunity to get to know Omar during that time,” Bradley said in a statement. “He’s always been admired by teammates and fans for his all-around contributions and willingness to give everything on the field. I am proud to welcome Omar Gaber to LAFC.”

Gaber is the fifth signing this offseason for LAFC.

 

 

Report: Lukaku avoids jail time for Beverly Hills complaint

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Romelu Lukaku doesn’t have to worry about having to serve time in a Beverly Hills, Calif. jail cell.

After being issued a citation this past July for multiple noise complaints at a residence, on Tuesday a Los Angeles court ordered that Lukaku pay $450 to the Beverly Hills Police Department to reimburse them for multiple responses to the residence. The decision by the court reduces the Manchester United striker’s offense from a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum of six months in jail, to a charge of disturbing the peace.

“They are reaching a disposition in this case that the first thing that must happen is the defendant must pay Beverly Hills Police Department $450 for multiple response calls.,” Jane Godfrey, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner said.

Of course, it was unlikely that Lukaku would ever face jail time for his offenses, but perhaps now with this out of the way, he can get back to doing what he does best; scoring goals.