Burnley 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Ideye saves point for Baggies, hosts unlucky not to earn late penalty

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Danny Ings played provider and finisher to a pair of first-half header goals, but Burnley coughed up a two-goal lead to Brown Ideye and West Bromwich Albion in a 2-2 draw on NBCSN to start off a Sunday morning Premier League tripleheader.

Ashley Barnes scored Burnley’s second goal before Chris Brunt sent the match into halftime at 2-1. All four goals scored came via headers, and Burnley lost its third 2-0 lead in four matches.

The Clarets were denied a pair of deserved penalties in the final half-hour of the match, as Mike Dean was unmoved by a takedown and a handball.

West Brom moves three points clear of the drop, while Burnley does manage to slide out of the relegation zone. The Clarets are a point ahead of Hull City.

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Burnley opened the match with nearly two minutes of uninterrupted possession, capped by Ings left-footed shot from distance. It curled just over the bar, and the Clarets quickly got the ball back to begin another attack.

Ben Foster tipped a Scott Arfield shot off the bar in the 8th minute after Kieran Trippier found him with a slick cross from the right of the 18.

The seemingly inevitable goal came two minutes later, as Ings chested a cross down for his left peg to pop a ball square over three West Brom defenders, and Barnes headed past a diving Foster.

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Burnley weren’t done, doubling its lead in the 32nd minute off a clever bit of soccer. Trippier dummied a pass that George Boyd collected while racing down the right side of the pitch. His cross met Ings head, and the score was 2-0.

source: Getty ImagesBut it wouldn’t be an hour of academic play, as Chris Brunt’s stoppage time header gave the Baggies some life off a corner kick.

The second half began with plenty of hard fouls and physical play, and the Clarets were denied a 61st minute penalty appeal that could’ve made it 3-1. Kieran Trippier sent in an inviting cross, and Barnes was shoved down by Craig Dawson as he rose to head it. No call.

Ideye was given a yellow for furiously protesting a handball call (and seemingly rightly so). But he received his just desserts moments later, heading in a Chris Brunt corner to even the score at 2 in the 67th minute.

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There were several close calls in the final 20 minutes for both sides, including a big clear off the line from Joleon Lescott, who had a strong match at both ends of the pitch for the Baggies.

And then a clear handball inside the box from Gareth McAuley went unwhistled, and Dyche was sure to feel aggrieved by another uncalled foul in the 18.

Clarets keeper Heaton and defender Ben Mee combined to deny a 88th minute attempt from Saido Berahino which looked set to make 3-2 to West Brom.

Darren Fletcher served as captain for the Baggies in his first match since coming over from Manchester United on Deadline Day.

Lineups

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Marney (Kightly, 46′), Arfield; Barnes, Ings

Goals: Barnes (11′), Ings (32′)

West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Baird (Ideye, 46′), Dawson, McAuley, Lescott; McManaman (Morrison, 82′), Fletcher, Yacob, Brunt; Sessegnon; Anichebe (Berahino, 18′)

Goals: Brunt (45’+1), Ideye (67′)

El Tri winger Jurgen Damm headed for MLS this summer

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This season’s Liga MX invasion of MLS continues with Jurgen Damm announcing that he’ll leave UANL Tigres this summer after five years with the club.

TUDN has the destination as Atlanta, though previous reports have linked Damm to the LA Galaxy is the spot.

And MLSSoccer.com scribe Tom Bogert says the Houston Dynamo have his “discovery rights” (which remains the worst concept in the entire league).

Reports emerged over the past 48 hours that the El Tri man was headed for an MLS club.

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The 12-times capped winger has one goal for Mexico, but has not been capped since Oct. 2018. He has spent his entire career in Liga MX.

Damm spent the early part of his career with Tecos and Pachuca, but has been with UANL Tigres since 2015.

He won four league titles with UANL, as well as the 2018 Campeones Cup.

Ex-Arsenal man Gnabry: “London’s still red” after Bayern beats Chelsea

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Ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry still has love for the club.

Gnabry tweeted that “London is still red” after he scored twice for Bayern Munich in a 3-0 beating of Chelsea on Tuesday in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

This after scoring four times against Spurs in a previous Champions League group stage match and Tweeting that “North London is Red.”

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So what’s with the London form?

“I’ve got a lot of friends here,” Gnabry said after the game. “A lot of them were in the stands tonight, and it seems they give me a lot of good power.”

Gnabry only scored once during his time in England with Arsenal and West Brom but is a bona fide star in the Bundesliga.

With a three-goal advantage over Chelsea heading to Munich for a second leg, however, he’s not got his head in the clouds.

“Three goals ahead gives us a little bit of confidence, but we need to be prepared for the second leg. We can’t take it not seriously enough. … We’ve seen it last year with Liverpool beating Barcelona, so we have to be careful. We have to go into the second leg with all of our focus.”

Gnabry now has 51 goals and 29 assists in four seasons since returning to Germany from Arsenal. Not terrible production for a player the Gunners offloaded to Werder Bremen for under $6 million in 2016.

What color will London be when Chelsea buys him next year? We kid, we kid…

Champions League preview: Real Madrid renews rivalry with Pep; Lyon hosts Juve

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The final two ties of the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 begin Wednesday when Manchester City and Juventus head to Spain and France.

The focus for many will be on the former, as City continues to weather UEFA drama while its manager prepares for his fiercest foe as a player and manager.

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Pep Guardiola has managed against Real Madrid 17 times and boasts a 9-4-4 record between Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Catalan wizard has lost his last three versus Real, two with Bayern and once in his final El Clasico as Barca boss.

Even as Guardiola stresses preparation and plan, he knows there will be bounces and that both teams will have to cope with them.

“We have to be strong, have quality and need to have luck,” he said, via The Manchester Evening News. “At this stage, it’s important but we cannot control that. We can control what we can control and we will see. This competition, last season, against Liverpool, there are decisions. You have to overcome. You need incredible concentration in our game and game plan plus try to be a little lucky.”

Real Madrid living legend Sergio Ramos has earned the ire of Guardiola on plenty of occasions, one of the few things Liverpool and City fans have in common.

Ramos wouldn’t get drawn into rivalry talk, sying the stage somewhat negates the opponent.

“I have a lot of respect for him,” Ramos said via the club’s web site. “I think he’s a fantastic coach, with loads of experience, and his numbers speak for themselves. We’re motivated by the Champions League, regardless of the players or coaches who may have been rivals in the past. We’re up for the Champions League and our next task is to beat City. From a personal point of view, I’m just focused on making the next round.”

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Wednesday’s other match sees a club long linked with Guardiola, as Juventus will play the role of heavy favorites against Lyon.

Maurizio Sarri‘s side is to bidding to win what’s eluded all Juve bosses since Marcello Lippi beat Ajax in 1996. If they succeed, it will be by going down a different path than it’s traveled in recent years.

Here’s Leonardo Bonucci, via Football-Italia:

“What the coach asks of us now is basically the opposite of what the previous coach did,” Bonucci mused. “It was usually individual against individual, now it’s more about organized team movements. Obviously, you need to train consistently to get that down and playing every three days makes it difficult. But we started this journey well aware of the positives it could bring and the difficulties of getting there.”

Lyon has been maddeningly inconsistent this season, sitting seventh in the Ligue 1 table, but has the tools to surprise if Juve doesn’t bring its best. That starts in France on Wednesday.

Lampard: Chelsea first leg loss ‘quite sobering,’ ‘harsh lesson’

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard isn’t sugarcoating his side’s 3-0 first-leg loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.

“Sometimes you have to be brutally honest about it,” he said in televised remarks after the loss. “It’s quite sobering.”

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Lampard admitted that Bayern was firing on all cylinders at Stamford Bridge, and proffered tepid support for the idea of an unlikely comeback in Germany next month.

“The level of team they showed that they are, hence why they challenge in the Bundesliga and the Champions League,” he said, via Football.London. “I’m disappointed we couldn’t do better against them. It’s a reality check. Don’t look at anyone else apart from yourself.”

“We should never say the door is closed because our fans would never accept that. I’m more concerned with the bigger picture here. There’s a lot to be done.”

Sure is.

Chelsea leads fifth-place Manchester United by three points in the top four race and has a four-point edge on sixth-place Spurs in the scenario that fifth is enough for Champions League football.

That’s important because the UCL path back to the tournament looks like a massive ask. And Lampard said the players need to use Tuesday’s blowout loss at home “as a positive effect” moving forward.

But he also put it pretty plainly during his post-match comments.

“It was a harsh lesson,” Lampard said. “This is Champions League football.”