Liverpool 3-1 Everton: Merseyside is Red

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  • Coutinho, Mane, Origi score
  • Mane injured for Liverpool
  • Pennington equalized for Everton
  • Liverpool nine points clear of Everton

Liverpool beat Everton 3-1 on Saturday in a feisty Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men went ahead early through Sadio Mane‘s strike but Matthew Pennington equalized in a frantic first half. Phillipe Coutinho curled home a stunner to make it 2-1 before the break as Ross Barkley was lucky to stay on the pitch after two hefty challenges.

Divock Origi sealed the win for Liverpool in the second half as the Reds moved nine points ahead of Everton and strengthened their grip on a top four spot as they remain unbeaten against the PL’s top 10 this season.

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Liverpool took the lead with less than eight minutes on the clock as Mane surged at Everton’s defense and hit a low shot across goal and into the far corner. 1-0 to the Reds as Anfield erupted.

Everton struggled to get a foothold in the game after that early setback with Liverpool snapping into the tackles and pinning the Toffees back.

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Liverpool continued to find pockets of space behind Everton’s defense as Coutinho curled an effort towards the far post which Joel Robles saved and then Phil Jagielka cleared off the line.

Everton then stunned the Kop as academy product Pennington tapped home his first Toffees goal from close range as a loose ball from a corner found him unmarked. 1-1. Game on.

However, Liverpool were back in front soon after Everton’s equalizer as Coutinho cut inside past Gueye and Pennington and curled home a sumptuous strike into the far top corner with a moment of magic. 2-1.

Ross Barkley was lucky to not be sent off for a nasty challenge on Dejan Lovren as referee Anthony Taylor instead brandished a yellow card as things livened up.

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At the start of the second half Everton were positive s Barkley’s free kick found Ashley Williams at the back post and his effort back across goal was saved by Simon Mignolet with Lukaku lurking. At the other end Emre Can‘s effort caused Joel Robles some problems as both teams went for it.

Mane was then forced off through injury after a heavy challenge from Leighton Baines and Everton came to life with Barkley’s deflected shot and then James Mliner blocking Mason Holgate‘s cross at the vital moment.

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The Toffees pushed hard for an equalizer but were opened up by a fine through ball from Coutinho which found substitute Origi who stayed cool and slotted home to make it 3-1.

Everton threw the kitchen sink at Liverpool with Holgate’s deflected effort well-saved by Mignolet and the youngster then put a header just over. Liverpool threatened through Trent Alexander-Arnold as the youngster jumped off the bench and went close twice but the crucial derby day win was easy enough for Liverpool as they’re now unbeaten at home against Everton in the PL since 1999.

Pochettino: “Challenge is to keep going” ahead of North London Derby

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Mauricio Pochettino was thrilled to see Tottenham Hotspur’s title push continue with a win over in-form Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Spurs won 1-0 on a beautiful Christian Eriksen goal from distance, moving back to within four points of Premier League leading Chelsea.

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Pochettino’s men didn’t stop fighting for the winner despite relentless fight from the home side, with improving mettle on display this season.

“Unbelievable. Very good performance. I think second half we played much better than in the first half. It was difficult in the first half for us to move the ball and find the space but we changed the shape at half time and it was more fluid, we started to find the space and started to push Palace deeper and deeper.”

After two tough London Derbies — Spurs fell 4-2 to Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal — Tottenham now has the big one: a visit from Arsenal in the North London Derby.

“It was good to get the three points and be alive in the race for the title. The challenge is to keep going. It is always better to win but it is true [the Arsenal game] is a big derby, perhaps the last at White Hart Lane and I think it will be an exciting game.”

We’re ready for it. Spurs will be favored to pick up all three points, but all bets are off when it comes to the NLD. That’s especially true considering the ticking Top Four clock for Arsenal and the title fight for Spurs.

Palace 0-1 Spurs: Eriksen saves the day

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  • Sakho stretchered off
  • Eriksen rescues title hope
  • Spurs four back of Chelsea

Palace made them work for it.

Tottenham Hotspur didn’t exactly sends chills down the spine of Chelsea with its performance, but Spurs found a way past tricky and in-form Crystal Palace on Wednesday at Selhurst Park.

Christian Eriksen‘s pretty goal sealed the three points for Spurs, who have five matches to chase down four points from the Blues.

Palace sits 12th, seven points clear of 18th place Swansea City.

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Two in-forms started with confidence, Harry Kane lashing wide of the frame for Spurs and Wilfried Zaha driving Palace on the right wing.

Another in-form Eagles attacker, Christian Benteke, did well to create space and hit a low shot that forced Hugo Lloris to ground.

Victor Wanyama was on yellow when he slid to intercept Andros Townsend, taking the Englishman to the turf. Jon Moss gave Wanyama a harsh warning, but did not produce the red card.

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Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min were called upon soon after the break to liven up Spurs attack.

The substitution that stood to shake up the match was Palace center back Mamadou Sakho, who was hurt with about 40 minutes to play.

Eriksen stung a shot across goal for the eventual winner, a rare moment of class from a three-match day that didn’t quite fit the standard of the Premier League.

Arsenal 1-0 Leicester City: Only an own goal

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  • Chances at a premium
  • Monreal forces Huth own goal
  • Arsenal moves sixth
  • Foxes six clear of drop

Nacho Monreal‘s desperate shot ricocheted off Robert Huth‘s chest and gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Entertainment value wasn’t high over the course of the match, as Arsenal had trouble piercing Leicester’s congested back four.

Arsenal is now three points back of Manchester United and four behind Man City before Thursday’s Manchester Derby.

Leicester is six points clear of 18th and has played one less game than most of the teams chasing them.

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Arsenal had most of the ball to start the match, but needed to make the first big stop. Petr Cech kept the match goalless when he flew to stop a left-footed whip from Riyad Mahrez.

At the other end, Mesut Ozil set up Theo Walcott for a chance that prodded a solid save from Kasper Schmeichel.

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Wilfried Ndidi was again a monster in the middle third for Leicester, arguably the main reason the Foxes have rebounded from their relegation plight.

Arsenal had a chance pushed away from danger by Robert Huth after Alexis Sanchez misjudged his time on the ball in front of goal in the 56th minute.

Schmeichel then dove to slap away a deflected Francis Coquelin shot.

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Laurent Koscielny went down in pain after landing awkwardly in the 79th minute, leaving a gap in space that Shinji Okazaki would’ve exploited were it not for a block from Gabriel Paulista.

Leicester’s Yohan Benalouane should’ve seen red with 10 minutes to play following a leaping boot to the back of Olivier Giroud, but only a foul was given.

Ndidi made a sliding intervention on Mesut Ozil in the 85th minute, another terrific bit of work from the Nigerian.

That’s when Huth’s unlucky moment lifted Arsenal to the lead.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland: Derby honors and a bit of life

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  • Boro’s first PL win since Dec. 17
  • Smoggies move within six of 17th
  • Sunderland on verge of relegation

Marten De Roon snared Middlesbrough new hope at safety and a derby win as Boro scored early to complete a season sweep of Tees-Wear Derby rivals Sunderland on Wednesday.

The 1-0 win means Sunderland is 12 points back of 17th place Hull City with five matches to play. Hull has four matches left.

For Boro, it’s six points back of Hull but a devastating run-in that includes Man City, Chelsea, Southampton, and Liverpool.

The win was USMNT backstop Brad Guzan‘s second of the Premier League season, the first coming in the reverse fixture.

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De Roon tilted the Tees-Wear Derby to Boro’s side with an opening goal that could signal the end of Sunderland’s slim safety hopes.

Stewart Downing tempted 2-0 with a hard low shot that Jordan Pickford did very well to save with a leg.

Sunderland did find a bit of danger when Didier N’Dong forced Brad Guzan into a save, but Billy Jones nodded over the frame.

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