Premier League Roundup: Man United fall to Stoke, wins for Sunderland, Cardiff, Saints

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A truly mesmeric day of soccer in the Premier League took place on Saturday.

Comeback wins, red cards, penalties, upsets, derby delight and sorrow… we had it all.

Stoke City sealed their first-ever victory over Manchester United in the Premier League, as David Moyes’ men slumped once again. Elsewhere Sunderland sealed a massive 3-0 win away at Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby. What a victory.

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Basement boys Cardiff City and West Ham United to congest things even more in the bottom half of the table, (like, we really needed that) while Southampton and Everton beat Fulham and Aston Villa respectively.

All in all, it was yet another pulsating day of action across the PL.

With the match recaps,, video highlights and brief analysis, here’s your Saturday Roundup from the Barclays Premier League.

Enjoy.

Cardiff City 2-1 Norwich City

The Bluebirds scored twice in three minutes at the start of the second half to turn the game on its head. Debutant Kenwyne Jones bagged the winner, after Craig Bellamy cancelled out Robert Snodgrass’ opener, to give Cardiff a huge three points. While Norwich are sliding towards trouble once again. Have a drink tonight Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, enjoy your first Premier League win as a manager! Skål.

Everton 2-1 Aston Villa

A comeback win that showed real character, as the Toffees overturned a first half deficit against plucky Villa. Leandro Bacuna opened the scoring for Villa but Steve Naismith equalized, before Kevin Mirallas’ sublime free kick grabbed all three points for Roberto Martinez’s side late on. A good way to finish off the week for the Blue half of Merseyside.

Fulham 0-3 Southampton

The Saints ran riot in the second half at Craven Cottage, as Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert all scored to pile more misery on Fulham. Will the Cottagers go down? If they keep playing like this it’s almost nailed on, no matter how well they did in the transfer window. As for Southampton, England internationals Lallana Rodriguez and Lambert are a shoe-in for the World Cup squad, right?

Hull City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Hull are a tough team to beat at home, and Tottenham found that out after a debut goal from Shane Long but the Tigers in front. But Spurs dug deep in the second half and Paulinho bagged the North London side a point they deserved to take back down the M1. Both sides were happy with the draw.

Newcastle United 0-3 Sunderland

Derby Day delight for the third time running… this is all getting a bit too easy for Sunderland now, isn’t it? For the second-straight season the Black Cats waltzed into St. James’ Park and delivered a damaging 3-0 defeat to Newcastle, as the Mackems went 2-0 up early on through Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson. In the second half Newcastle tried to pull one back, but a late Jack Colback goal gave Sunderland their third successive league win over Newcastle. The last time they did that? 1923.

Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United

A massive win for Stoke down the bottom, as the league is so tight they started the game off in the relegation zone… then beat United to go 11th in the standings! It was a gritty display from the Potters, who have never beaten United in the Premier League. Two Charlie Adam strikes either side of half time did the business (the second was a real beauty) despite Robin van Persie’s equalizer sandwiched in-between. David Moyes tried to put on a brave face, but that’s eight defeats in the PL this season for the Red Devils.

West Ham 2-0 Swansea City

Two Kevin Nolan goals from two Andy Carroll assists, that’s West Ham alright. The Hammers ground out a typically dogged win at Upton Park, as they eased relegation fears with a robust performance against Swansea. Although their was one downside, as Carroll was sent off for an apparent elbow on Chico Flores. It looked a little harsh. Meanwhile the Swans are in trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Salah returns to Egypt starting lineup

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A familiar name returned to the starting lineup for Egypt on Tuesday afternoon.

Egypt named star Mohamed Salah in its starting XI, after resting Salah in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to Uguruay on June 15. Salah has been recovering from an injured shoulder that he suffered during the UEFA Champions League final in late May.

Salah makes his World Cup debut now against the host nation, Russia, at 2:00 p.m.

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Senegal hold off late charge, defeat Poland on controversial goal

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Two matches, two upsets.

For the second time on Tuesday, an underdog took down a favorite as Senegal defeated Poland, 2-1, with the game-winning goal decided in controversial fashion.

In the 60th minute, M’baye Niang was waved onto the field by the referee while the ball was still in play in the middle of the field, and Niang raced on to the end of a Gregorz Krychowiak backpass that stunned the Poland defense. Niang arrived at the pass a second quicker than goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, allowing the Senegal winger to score into an empty net.

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The VAR checked the goal but it was allowed, as it was a subjective decision of the referee to allow Niang back on the field following an injury, and not a clear and obvious error.

Senegal took the lead in the first half on the counter attack. With Poland slow in transition, Sadio Mane found Idrissa Gueye in space at the top of the box. After two touches, Gueye fired a strike to the far post in the 37th minute that took a wicked deflection off Poland defender Thiago Cionek and left Szczesny helpless.

Poland struggled all game against the pace and physicality of Senegal and the Lions of Teranga were very smart in controlling possession and switching the field, forcing the Poland squad to tire quickly.

Krychowiak did breathe some life into the game with a header goal off a free kick in the 86th minute, but despite some poor clock management from Senegal, its defense was able to hold off Poland’s last-ditch chance to tie the game, going level with Japan on three points at the top of Group H.

Report: Blatter to attend Portugal vs. Morocco as guest of Putin

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is still in the middle of an eight-year ban from the organization he once ran.

But that doesn’t mean he’s going to miss out on some of the World Cup action, live in Russia.

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BBC journalist Richard Conway reported early Tuesday that Blatter is set to watch Portugal vs. Morocco in Moscow as a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The 82-year-old would normally not be able to sit in the presidential box due to his FIFA ban, though he likely could attend matches with a regular ticket like the vast majority of soccer fans.

Just four years ago, Blatter was president during the 2014 World Cup, one that was marred by corruption scandals in addition to the corruption scandals surrounding the World Cup bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

His reign of power at FIFA finally came to an end on June 2, 2015, when he resigned following an embarrassing month for FIFA in which many of its members were arrested in a joint-raid between the Swiss authorities and the FBI.

Blatter was eventually handed an eight-year ban from FIFA’s ethics committee for an “unauthorized payment” of $2 million from Blatter to Michel Platini, the former France star and FIFA vice president who was also handed an eight-year suspension.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Fekir negotiations back on; Chelsea waiting on transfer targets; and more

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Could Liverpool get its star attacking midfield target after all?

That’s what seems to be the case, as the agent for Lyon and France midfielder Nabil Fekir told French TV channel LCI Monday evening that negotiations aren’t over between Liverpool and Lyon.

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“He didn’t sign because um… it is not over! This is not the end of the story,” Fekir’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes reportedly said.

It was just two weeks ago when Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas stated that Fekir, Lyon’s captain, would remain with the club for the upcoming season, after negotiations with Liverpool fell through. According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds wanted a second opinion on a previous knee injury, and had balked at the $70 million price tag.

But now it appears Liverpool and Aulas could still be in conversations to try and find a mutually accepted fee.

At the same time, stirring up transfer drama is in Bernes interest, as it could drive other teams into the race to sign Fekir and raise his transfer fee, meaning more money to him, Fekir (if he gets a cut) and Lyon. Watch this space for more to come during and after the World Cup.

Here’s some more transfer rumors from across the Premier League and Europe:

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