Bournemouth 1-2 Man City: Sterling wins it in stoppage time

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  • Sterling scores 97th-minute winner
  • Daniels scored stunning opener
  • Gabriel Jesus equalized
  • Man City two wins from three

It looked like Manchester City had dropped two more points on Saturday with Pep Guardiola‘s men drawing 1-1 at a spirited Bournemouth side in the 97th minute, but then Raheem Sterling popped up to win it for City deep into stoppage time in a wild finale in the sun on the south coast.

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Charlie Daniels opened the scoring at the Vitality Stadium with a simply stunning strike from the left but Gabriel Jesus equalized soon after in a hectic first half.

City, as expected, dominated plenty of possession throughout and Bournemouth came close to grabbing all three points when Josh King smashed a shot against the post.

Sterling then popped up to score the winner in dramatic fashion and was then shown a second yellow card for his jubilant celebrations among the traveling Man City fans.

Bournemouth have lost all of their opening three PL games, while Man City are unbeaten with seven points from nine.

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Bournemouth started the game extremely well and they were rewarded through a stunning opening goal of the game.

The ball fell to Daniels way out on the left flank and he spanked an incredible strike in off the bar on the half-volley. Simple sublime as Bournemouth had their opening goal of the game and the first of the new season.

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It could have been 2-0 soon with a cross finding Jermain Defoe unmarked but his instinctive effort was well-saved by Ederson and City cleared.

Gabriel Jesus then equalized for City as he poked home a wonderful through ball from David Silva to make it 1-1. Moments later the Brazilian raced free but was clipped by Nathan Ake and the Bournemouth defender was perhaps lucky not to receive a straight-red card.

Jesus was in the thick of the action as he then shanked a delightful cross from Benjamin Mendy wide at the back post. Asmir Begovic denied Danilo and Fernandinho at his near post on two occasions as City improved as the half wore on.

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City continued to threaten with Bernardo and David Silva pulling the strings but unable to find the right final pass.

Bournemouth remained in the game and were so close to taking the lead as Josh King smashed the post with a curling effort.

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Late on Sergio Aguero came on and both Fernandinho and Aguero forced Begovic into saves, while Nicolas Otamendi hit the post with a header.

Daniels cleared the ball superbly under pressure in stoppage time and Bournemouth even had the chance to win it as King raced clear but Ederson saved his low shot.

Then the drama arrived deep into stoppage time as Sterling’s shot deflected off Andrew Surman and looped into the net to make it 2-1 and spark wild scenes in the away end and the away dugout at the Vitality Stadium.

Sterling, who also rescued a late point for City against Everton on Monday, was sent off due to his celebrations with the away fans but Man City were jubilant with the dramatic victory.

Retailer removes T-shirt from sale over Hillsborough links

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LONDON (AP) A British retailer has withdrawn a T-shirt from sale in its stores and online following complaints that its design could be associated with the Hillsborough soccer disaster.

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Topman had on sale a red shirt with a large “96” on the back and the phrase “what goes around comes around” underneath. The word “Karma” is written on one of the sleeves.

Ninety-six people were crushed to death in the Hillsborough stadium disaster, which happened in Sheffield in April 1989 at an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Topman said it “apologizes unreservedly for any offense caused by this T-shirt” and that the “garment has been removed from sale online and in stores.”

The retailer said the design was inspired by a Bob Marley track, with the number referring to the year of the re-release.

Cosmos, Miami FC petition USSF for 2018 U.S. Open Cup entry

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NASL’s decision to cancel the 2018 regular season has caused significant ramifications, with the latest forcing several clubs to be excluded from the U.S. Open Cup.

The New York Cosmos and Miami FC — both of whom participated in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup have not been named among the eligible teams for the 2018 edition following NASL’s cancellation of the league season.

Now, the two teams have petitioned to U.S. Soccer and its new president, Carlos Cordeiro, to rethink its decision and allow the clubs to play despite not belonging to a professional league.

Both clubs do boast reserve teams though — New York Cosmos B and Miami 2 — which is the lead argument from each organization as to why U.S. Soccer should grant the teams an exemption and a spot in the tournament.

Cosmos B and Miami FC 2 will both play in the NPSL once again in 2018, with both rosters largely comprised of senior team players.

As it stands, 94 teams have been placed in the 2018 Open Cup field, as announced by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

Both open letters from the respective clubs can be found below.

Brazil’s Luis could miss World Cup after leg fracture

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MADRID (AP) Brazilian left back Filipe Luis has a leg fracture that could stop him going to the World Cup in Russia.

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Atletico Madrid said Friday that Luis sustained the injury to his left leg in the second half of the Spanish team’s 5-1 rout of Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League round-of-16 match on Thursday.

The club did not say how long Luis will be sidelined. Similar injuries have required at least six weeks of recovery time and longer if surgery is required.

The 32-year-old Luis was called up by Brazil coach Tite for friendlies against Russia in Moscow on March 23 and against Germany in Berlin on March 27. Brazil’s first game at the World Cup is against Switzerland on June 17.

Luis was injured while trying to prevent Lokomotiv forward Eder taking a shot from inside the area in the 60th minute. He successfully cleared the ball but his leg was hit from behind.

Luis left the field on a stretcher and tests Friday in Madrid confirmed the fracture in his lower leg.

Atletico advanced 8-1 on aggregate after the victory in Russia.

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Casemiro: Neymar “would get along very well with Cristiano” at Real

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The speculation (transfer) train keeps chugging along as domestic seasons near their conclusion, and one rumor continues to be fueled linking one of the world’s top players to Real Madrid.

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Neymar’s time at Paris Saint-Germain has been short, less than a season to be precise, but the Brazil international could be moving on from the Parc des Princes sooner rather than later after his side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League recently against Real.

Nothing concrete has been determined about Neymar’s future, but Real Madrid continues to be linked with the South American star, and one current Real player feels Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo would get along “very well.”

“[Neymar] has always been spectacular, since he was 11 years old. He does crazy things,” Real midfielder Casemiro told El Partidazo .l”I don’t think there is any chance that he will come to Real, but you have to ask [Madrid president] Florentino Perez.

“He knows that the door is always open for him in Madrid, but he is happy in Paris. He always says that he is happy there, that he is comfortable in Paris. There are many Brazilians there too, it is very quiet there, but whether it’s possible you have to ask Florentino.

“With the quality that he has, I would sign him for sure. I hope he comes this season.

“He is a great player, one of the top three in the world. He can do whatever he wants off the pitch if he continues to do what he does on it.

“He would get along very well with Cristiano, very well.”

Real is currently in the midst of a historic run in the Champions League, having won the competition three times in the last four seasons.

Casemiro isn’t the only Real player eager to bring in a talent such as Neymar though.

Defender Dani Carvajal also recently told the media that he would be ecstatic to have a teammate like the Brazilian come into the fold at the Santiago Bernabeu.