Fulham 2-1 West Ham: Kevin Nolan red card allows Fulham to ease by (video)

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A level head from Kevin Nolan before halftime would have probably seen West Ham through, but instead he lost his cool and doomed his side to defeat with Fulham capitalizing for a big 3 points at Craven Cottage.

A pair of first-half goals cancelled out, and Nolan was sent off, allowing Fulham to grab a winner early in the second half through embattled striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Berbatov’s support was bright, getting a pair of chances in the first six minutes, but he was just offsides both times.

It was West Ham who would strike first however, on the break with Mohamed Diame getting the ball in traffic in the middle of the box, but no defenders challenge him tightly and his cut shot ripped past everyone for a seventh-minute opener.

The ball came all the way from Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal, with the keeper picking up an assist.

Fulham slowly built an attack, with some fantastic passing only halted again by the offsides flag in the 20th minute.

They needed help at the back again, however, as David Stockdale bailed out some more disastrous defending in the 24th minute and saved well from a free header by Kevin Nolan.

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Steve Sidwell’s header on a corner allowed Fulham to draw level after West Ham’s early opener.

Fulham went back down and had another shot, a brilliant touch from Berbatov to flick on a cross but it was saved by Jaaskelainen. They pressed further for an equalizer, as Modibo Maiga cleared off the line when Fernando Amorebieta put a header on net off a corner.

It would be a corner that doomed West Ham’s lead though, as Steve Sidwell connected to put the header into the ground and up into the back of the net in the 32nd minute.

The equalizer transformed the home side into the aggressors, and Adel Taarabt hit the post just a minute later.

It would all change just a minute before the break, with Kevin Nolan completely needlessly tackling Amorebieta off the ball, and referee Mike Dean showed him a straight red card.

Fulham came out of the break pressing a man up, and it forced Jaaskelainen into serious work early.  The wet pitch played havoc with the attackers but they would finally get their goal for all the attacking play.

Alex Kacaniklic crossed the ball from the left edge of the box into the middle, and with Fulham having a numbers advantage in the penalty area, Scott Parker’s shot deflected and fell to Berbatov who tapped into the corner easily for the 2-1 lead.

West Ham slowly brought themselves back into possession, threatening a bit, and the Fulham defense again looked leaky but it wouldn’t come to pass for the visitors.

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The win pushes Fulham up to 15th pending other results, out of the relegation zone for the first time in months.  Sam Allardyce will likely face additional pressure now after the West Ham loss, with just one win in their last 10.

GOALS:

Fulham – Sidwell 32′; Berbatov 66′
West Ham – Diame 7′

RED CARDS:

West Ham – Nolan 44′

LINEUPS:

Fulham – Stockdale; Riether, Amorebieta, Senderos, Riise; Duff (Kasami 78′), Parker, Sidwell, Richardson (Richardson 56′); Taarabt (Bent 69′), Berbatov.

West Ham – Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, McCartney, Diarra, Noble (Rat 32′), Collison, Nolan, Diame (Downing 56′), Taylor, Maiga (Cole 69′).

UEL, LIVE — Arsenal meets Eintracht before Man Utd, Wolves play

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The Europa League group stage begins play on Thursday, with Arsenal in Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side is missing a lot of familiar faces after a tumultuous summer saw Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.

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Arsenal will follow suit with some youth, as Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock drawing starts.

Kickoff is at 12:55 p.m. ET, with Manchester United and Wolves set to kick-off their respective matches against Astana and Braga at 3 p.m. ET.

Full slate

12:55 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

3 p.m. ET
Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow

Report: Man City’s David Silva in “likely” Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

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David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Fan Fest heading to Austin

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And this will be no different.

NBC Sports and the Premier League have announced details for the first Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest event of the season, and we are heading to Austin, Texas in October.

Just like the events in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston last season, fans will be able to watch all of the PL action together with the live studio show taking place in front of them.

This time it takes place at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin.

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The two-day celebration of Premier League fandom will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27. The Scholz Garten venue is inclusive of a full street closure, courtyard space, and indoor bar.

All sections of the venue will be packed with fun activities and of course plenty of viewing areas for fans to watch all of the action.

The event will feature the NBC Sports studio broadcast live onsite with special appearances throughout the day. We’ll also have free merchandise and giveaways throughout the day, plus food, drink and plenty more.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive, Richard Masters, said: “After a successful season of Premier League Mornings Live, we are delighted to be visiting Austin, Texas, for the first event of 2019-20. Last year we saw how passionate our American fans are, as we brought the Premier League experience to Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

”This season we are once again working with NBC Sports and bringing many of our clubs, partners and some famous faces to unique locations in different cities. Those attending in Austin can expect some great activations and I am sure there will be plenty of entertaining football for them to enjoy as we have some exciting fixtures taking place over the weekend.”

Report: Newcastle United tracking Atlanta United’s Martinez

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A report out of Newcastle says the Magpies may be returning to Atlanta United’s ranks for a January transfer swoop.

MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez is the name mentioned as among Newcastle’s targets, though journalist Lee Ryder says there may be trepidation given Miguel Almiron’s failure to find goals at St. James’ Park.

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Martinez, 26, scored twice more Wednesday evening for the Five Stripes, including a sensational solo goal. He has scored in 15-straight league matches and is five goals away from matching his MLS single season record set last season.

Atlanta signed Martinez through the 2023 season. Transfermarkt puts his market value around $11 million, comparing him with players like Jurgen Locadia, Yoshinori Muto, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Newcastle broke its transfer record to land Almiron last season, then smashed it sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in August. The Magpies have also splashed cash on Allan Saint-Maximin and there’s a clear focus on upgrading the attack.

Maybe the Magpies would view the move as a bargain which could help Almiron get back to his form of last season, but it seems there would be numerous hurdles to clear before a firm bid would be made for Martinez. If Saint-Maximin or Almiron finds form, would there be room for Martinez running underneath Joelinton? Or maybe we’re wrong and Mike Ashley is ready to spend to provide adequate depth?

Lots of questions here.