Everton 1-0 Burnley: Mirallas’ early strike sees off 10-man Clarets (video)

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Everton beat Burnley 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday as the Toffees are now five games unbeaten.

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Kevin Mirallas finished off a superb flowing team move in the first half for the only goal of the game (the Belgian international celebrated with a strange “shut your mouth” celebration after getting plenty of stick from the home supporters following his decision to take a penalty kick away from Leighton Baines back in January against West Brom. Strangely, Baines gave up another PK effort early on against Burnley and Ross Barkley had his spot kick saved by the brilliant Tom Heaton before Mirallas’ opener.

Burnley struggled to create clear-cut chances and had Ashley Barnes sent off right on half time for two bookable offenses. With the win Everton is in 12th with 41 points, while Burnley drop to 20th and are rock bottom but are just two points from safety.

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It was all Everton early on at Goodison as the Toffees were awarded a penalty kick following a foul from David Jones on Aaron Lennon just inside the box. For the second time this season regular penalty taker Leighton Baines passed up the option to score from the spot and Barkley stepped up instead but saw his spot kick well saved by Tom Heaton. 0-0.

Baines then forced Heaton into a good stop after the Burnley goalkeeper initially failed to deal with a looping cross into the box, then moments later Lennon flashed an effort just wide as the Toffees pressed hard for an opener.

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Burnley then had a great chance to go ahead against the run of play as Jones was set free but blasted the ball over with only Tim Howard to beat. Moments later Everton made the Clarets pay for that costly miss as Arouna Kone played in James McCarthy and his pull back found Mirallas who slammed home the opening goal in the 29th minute. 1-0 to the Toffees.

As the first half wore on Burnley grew in confidence as Gareth Barry made a great last-ditch tackle on Ings in the box and they also had a penalty appeal waved away as John Stones looked to have handled in the box. Right on half time Burnley’s hopes of getting back into the game took a huge blow as Barnes received a second yellow card for a silly challenge on Seamus Coleman when the Everton full back was going nowhere down the right flank.

In the second half Everton brought on top scorer Romelu Lukaku and he was denied by Heaton, as Burnley’s goalkeeper put in a fine display to keep his side in the match. Lennon was denied by Heaton and then Gareth Barry was next to be stopped by Burnley’s English ‘keeper as Everton huffed and puffed but couldn’t double their lead.

Late on Burnley tried to get things going but they couldn’t find a way through as both Ings and Scott Arfield went close. Everton held on for their fourth win in five as Roberto Martinez’s men continue their climb up the table, but Burnley is now rock bottom.


Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy (Besic, 88′), Mirallas (Lukaku, 61′), Barkley, Lennon, Kone (Naismith, 80′)

Goal: Mirallas (29′)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Mee, Duff, Arfield, Boyd (Wallace, 84′), Jones (Taylor, 84′), Barnes, Ings, Vokes (Jutkiewicz, 59′)

Red card: Barnes (45+2′)

Chelsea needs to wait “48 hours” to assess Mount

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Mason Mount‘s move from the Championship to the Premier League has been nearly seamless.

His adjustment to the Champions League was cut down too quickly to get an understanding of whether it would be too big of a jump.

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Mount, 20, was chopped down by Valencia’s Francis Coquelin, the former Arsenal man, and had to leave the game after just 16 minutes.

Here’s Frank Lampard, from ChelseaFC.com:

“He’s got an ankle injury but we don’t know how bad it is. We’ll have to assess it in the next 48 hours to see the scale of the injury. It was a shame because he started the game well and it meant we had to make the change early on.”

Mount scored nine times with four assists on loan under Lampard at Derby County last season, and has already chipped in three goals for Chelsea this season.

Lampard turned to Pedro off the bench on Tuesday, but any lengthy absence for Mount will spell more time for American youngster Christian Pulisic.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday preview: Man City, Spurs debut

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Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur begin their UEFA Champions League campaigns on very different results and with very different vibes.

City is coming off a stunning 3-2 loss to injury-hit Norwich City, and is set up in Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk for the third-straight season, a side which beat Pep Guardiola once in four tries between 2017/18 and 2018/19 in the UCL.

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But on Wednesday, Guardiola’s men are going to carry a similar feel to one of his old Barcelona teams, as Pep seemingly will have Fernandinho pull a Javier Mascherano and drop into the back line.

Yes, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi are Manchester City’s hopes at center back, now that John Stones has joined Aymeric Laporte on the shelf.

“For me as a manager it’s an incredible challenge,” said Pep Guardiola. “But I believe a lot, people don’t know the spirit and resolve to solve this problem. The players going to come back with Dinho, Eric Garcia, Taylor Harwood-Bellis. … It’s happened, but what we are not going to do is complain. We have to have 11 players on the pitch and I like it, to find a solution. For the players as well to find an incredible step forward.”

Spurs, meanwhile, will simply be trying to build on any momentum gained by a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at the weekend, a win which came after manager Mauricio Pochettino begged his side to “re-focus” after a relatively poor start to the season.

Now a bit more relaxed, Spurs head to Greece as the clear favorites against stingy Olympiacos. These are, after all, the finalists of last season’s tournament.

Pochettino won’t be sleeping on the challenge, from The London Evening Standard:

“They have good players and if we are not focused and don’t take our best game we are going to suffer. But last season we played in the final of Champions League, so it’s normal people think before the game, Tottenham is one step above Olympiacos but in the end you need to show it on the pitch.”

Spurs are one of two early kickoffs on Tuesday.

Full UCL Wednesday schedule

12:55 p.m. ET
Club Brugge v. Galatasaray
Olympiacos v. Tottenham Hotspur

3 p.m. ET
Bayer Leverkusen v. Lokomotiv Moscow
Paris Saint-Germain v. Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid v. Juventus
Dinamo Zagreb v. Atalanta
Bayern Munich v. Red Star Belgrade
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Manchester City

American coach Marsch speaks after landmark Champions League day

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Jesse Marsch made his UEFA Champions League debut on Tuesday, a historic first for not just the Wisconsin native but also his country.

Marsch, 45, oversaw Red Bull Salzburg’s 6-2 demolition of Genk, becoming the first American to win a UCL match as manager.

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“We knew we were going into the match full of confidence,” he said, via the Salzburg site. “We knew too that we could put in a performance of this quality. I wasn’t pleased with a few situations, such as conceding for 3-1. That shows our incredible mentality though as it prompted us to give a few more percent and immediately score two goals.”

The ex-New York Red Bulls manager and RB Leipzig assistant manager got another three goals from incredible 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haland, who nows has 17 goals in nine matches this season.

“It is an absolute joy to work with this team. We have a lot of players who just know how to battle, and that rubs off on the others. You can see that on the pitch on nights like tonight.”

There will be tougher nights ahead for Marsch, who is in a group with Liverpool and Napoli, but Tuesday was a fine start for the tactician. And it was a banner moment for American coaches abroad, who’ve been led by past and present USMNT coaches Bob Bradley and Gregg Berhalter.

Maybe one day that’ll be Marsch’s title… but it seems like he may have some loftier ground to cover on his path through world soccer.

Klopp: Liverpool made wrong decisions; Penalty also incorrect

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is going to bat for his left back after Andrew Robertson gave away what became the decisive penalty in a 2-0 loss to Napoli in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it’s a penalty,” Klopp said. “What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”

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For what it’s worth: It sure seemed like both a foul on Robertson and a comical embellishment from Callejon, but we digress.

Liverpool just didn’t have it on the day, like when Sadio Mane played a terrible pass to Mohamed Salah on what could’ve been an easy 1-0 lead.

In the moments they did have it, there was Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret making a splendid save.

“We played a lot of good football but didn’t finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”

Also, forgive Klopp if he has stopped enjoying the beautiful country of Italy.