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ZURICH (AP) Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two World Cup qualifying games for a red-card tackle that broke the leg of an Ireland opponent.

The Welsh soccer federation said Wednesday that the FIFA disciplinary panel imposed the ban. Taylor, who plays for Swansea, will miss matches at Serbia on June 11 and against Austria on Sept. 2.

FIFA rules require a ban of at least one match for serious foul play.

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman‘s right leg was broken by Taylor’s challenge during the teams’ 0-0 draw in Dublin on March 24. The Everton defender’s leg was visibly damaged before he was carried off on a stretcher.

Ireland is second in Group D, level with Serbia. Third-place Wales trails by four points with five games left.

Everton loses Coleman to leg break on Ireland duty

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A horror tackle from Wales’ Neil Taylor snapped Seamus Coleman‘s leg in gruesome fashion on Friday.

Taylor was given a red card, and Coleman was stretched off the pitch in the 0-0 draw.

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed what was apparent from the match replay: the Everton man has a broken ankle.

“It’s a bad break. He’s a fantastic player and character. It’s a major blow for the lad, his club and us.

“Apparently it wasn’t the best challenge in the world – I haven’t seen it. He’s gone to hospital. I saw his reaction immediately and it didn’t look good. He was holding is leg up and it didn’t look good.

This is not only awful for the player, but causes stress as Everton mounts its assault on the Top Six. The right back has also manned right mid for Ronald Koeman this season, and has four goals and four assists in 26 Premier League matches.

Mason Holgate, Muhamed Besic, and Phil Jagielka have played some right back for Everton, while Ramiro Funes Mori has deputized at left back.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton: Big Sam finds the drop zone

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  • Coleman breaks through
  • Palace joins Bottom Three
  • Davies with assist

Crystal Palace began Sam Allardyce‘s tenure above the drop zone, and now finds itself inside it.

Everton struck later to seize three points with a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park on Sunday, as Seamus Coleman scored the decisive marker.

The win puts Everton on 36 points, six back of fifth-place Man City. Palace is 18th, two points behind Swansea City.

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The shots kept coming for Everton, who scored on four of four attempts against Man City.

It took 16 for them to break through against Palace, with Tom Davies‘ pass finding Coleman for a blast past Wayne Hennessey. 1-0.

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Everton’s hot run to start the season had significantly cooled. Turns out it took a red-hot opponent to reinvigorate the Toffees.

And it went down to the wire, too.

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Everton defender Ashley Williams saw an early shot deflect off his leg and into the goal before Seamus Coleman equalized, setting the stage for Williams to head home a winner that ended Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League run at 14 games.

“It’s nice to get my first goal for Everton. I was disappointed with their goal, so it’s nice to make up for it in the end. … I should’ve done better on that. I was disappointed, and was desperate to get one at the other end.

“This was about trying to put things right”

Williams’ 86th minute goal wasn’t quite enough, as Coleman and Leighton Baines made thrilling stoppage time blocks to seal the win (See above).

As for the goal, check it here:

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Everton 2-1 Arsenal: Toffees end Gunners 14-match unbeaten run

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Ashley Williams‘ 86th minute header completed an Everton comeback, as the Toffees bested Arsenal 2-1 on Tuesday at Goodison Park.

Seamus Coleman also scored for Everton, who moved 7th with 23 points. Arsenal remains in second with 34 points, and received its goal via Alexis Sanchez.

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The first half was pretty one-sided, though the visitors needed a bit of luck to open the scoring. Alexis Sanchez’s free kick went through Ashley Williams‘ legs — why were his leg spread so wide?!? — catching one to redirect past Maarten Stekelenberg and give the Gunners are a deserved 1-0 lead.

But Seamus Coleman nodded a Leighton Baines cross behind Petr Cech to level it up just before the break. Baines sent a terrific right-footed (!!!) cross in between Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal, and Coleman rose to score it.

The fierce play carried over into the tunnel, as several players had to be divided at the break.

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Francis Coquelin tripped Baines dribbling through the heart of the Arsenal defense, setting the defender up for a free kick from just outside the arc. Ross Barkley cranked a shot off leaping wall member Gabriel Paulista.

The second half had an almost breakneck pace at times, and Romelu Lukaku brought danger when he drove around the left end only to hit his shot off the outside of the goal.

Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi entered for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, but the match looked largely the same.

Everton, in turn, gave a debut to teenager Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who came on for Enner Valencia with 11 minutes to play.

Cech made a fine save off Phil Jagielka corner, but it earned another and that’s when Williams struck. The ex-Swans man made amends for the early deflection, and the Gunners were down.

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