UPDATE: Bournemouth have issued a statement (read here, in full), saying, “due to a misunderstanding, an earlier statement alleging assault has been withdrawn and no assault took place.
Sergio Aguero could face legal proceedings after a steward at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium claimed he was struck by the star striker as members of the security staff intervened in the wild celebrations of Manchester City players and fans following Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time winner (below video) on Saturday.
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According to reports in England, police have taken the steward’s statement. Man City officials have reviewed footage of the celebration and say they are confident there is no case to be made against Aguero.
Aguero has since taken to Twitter, claiming “I did not hit anyone, this allegation is false, and the TV pictures prove it.”
Dorset Police released a statement regarding the arrests of two male spectators after they entered the field:
Today, Saturday 26 August 2017, Manchester City scored a winning goal during the last minute of the AFC Bournemouth Premiership fixture.
The goal was followed by excited celebrations where a number of Manchester City supporters encroached on to the pitch. Two male spectators from Manchester were arrested as a result. No other arrests have been made in relation to this incident.
Officers are reviewing CCTV of the pitch encroachment as part of an on-going investigation to establish whether any other offenses may have been committed.
It looked like Bayern Munich was on pace to drop points for just the fifth time this season, but then the club’s star striker stepped up in the biggest of moments.
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The German leaders came back to pick up a 2-1 victory on the road at Wolfsburg after Robert Lewandowski converted a penalty kick in stoppage time.
Sandro Wagner’s second-half header had pulled the match level off of an Arjen Robben cross in the 64th minute. Robben atoned for an earlier penalty-kick miss, which would have tied the match ten minutes prior.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke were each big winners on the day, with the two clubs moving into the top four.
Leverkusen’s 2-1 win on the road against Hertha Berlin saw Heiko Herrlich and his side move up to second place in the Bundesliga, albeit a lengthy distance behind leaders Bayern.
Schalke took care of business at home against Hoffenheim, bringing the Miners one step closer to the top four. The side is now level on 37 points with Borussia Dortmund for fourth, but the Christian Pulisic and Co. currently boast a superior goal differential.
Below are all of Saturday’s scores from around Germany’s top flight.
Cologne 1-1 Hannover 96
Hertha Berlin 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Freiburg 1-0 Werder Bremen
Wolfsburg 1-1 Bayern Munich
Schalke 2-0 Hoffenheim
Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov claims he helped soccer players in the country to avoid being caught doping after he followed government orders to ensure cheating was covered up.
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The former Russian anti-doping laboratory director told The Associated Press in response to questions through his lawyer that an instruction to avoid scandal came from Vitaly Mutko. Mutko is the former Russian sports minister who serves as deputy prime minster despite being at the center of the doping deception controversy exposed by Rodchenkov.
The focus is sharpening on doping practices in Russian soccer with the World Cup kicking off in Moscow in four months.
Rodchenkov says “Russian footballers were immune from doping-control actions or sanctions.”
Rodchenkov claimed Mutko said “avoid any scandal by hiding positive results” and that “doping would be handled internally”.
Salomon Rondon’s second-half volley was not only a beauty, but one of tremendous difficulty.
Unfortunately for he and his West Bromwich Albion side, though, it wasn’t enough for the Baggies to survive in this season’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Southampton.
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The Saints progressed to the quarterfinals on Saturday behind goals from Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic, and join fellow Premier League sides Chelsea, Brighton & Hove and Leicester City in the final eight.
Tadic’s goal came in the 56th minute, doubling the Southampton lead, but Rondon’s quality volley two minutes later provided West Brom with a temporary moment of relief (below).
With a blockbuster UEFA Champions League clash against Chelsea right around the corner for Barcelona, the Spanish league leaders look on pace to extend their perfect La Liga record.
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Despite rumors that Lionel Messi and some of Barcelona’s biggest stars would be rested ahead of Tuesday’s match against the London side, the Argentine superstar not only started at Eibar on Saturday, but made a brilliant impact in the 17th minute.
Messi linked up with Luis Suarez after playing the Uruguayan through towards goal from a tremendous defense-splitting pass that sent the striker in for the 1-0 lead.
Barcelona has yet to lose in domestic competition this season, boasting an 18-5-0 record heading into Saturday’s meeting with Eibar. Additionally, Messi and Co. currently hold a plus-49 goal differential, which was lifted to plus-50 with Suarez’s finish.
The Blaugrana are the last team in Europe’s five major leagues to remain unbeaten in league play.