Liverpool 2-1 Queens Park Rangers: Gerrard’s late header wins it (video)

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Liverpool beat 10-man Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Saturday as Steven Gerrard played the hero and all but ended Rangers’ hopes of surviving in the Premier Legaue.

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The Reds went ahead early on thanks to a magical goal from Philippe Coutinho but QPR stuck to the task and Leroy Fer volleyed home an equalizer with just over 15 minutes to go. Gerrard first had a penalty kick brilliantly saved by Robert Green, while QPR’s Nedum Onuoha was also sent off in a crazy final 10 minutes, but Liverpool’s captain atoned for his error in the 87th minute as he flicked home Coutinho’s corner to give his side victory.

With the win Liverpool stay in fifth and closed the gap to fourth-placed Manchester United to four points, while QPR remain in 19th and are seven points off safety with three games to go.

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QPR started brightly at Anfield as a corner kick from Matt Philllips found Leroy Fer at the near post and the Dutchman flicked home what he thought was the opening goal of the game. However the strike was chalked off as the linesman adjudged Phillips’ corner kick to have gone out of play before reaching Fer.

Fer had another shot from distance that went close but Liverpool responded well after that good start for the R’s and took the lead through a moment of magic.

Rickie Lambert picked up the ball ont he right flank and hit a superb pass across the box into Coutinho. The Brazilian playmaker took one touch to settle himself and curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner. 1-0 to Liverpool. After that the Reds went close to doubling their lead but Robert Green saved well from Steven Gerrard’s free kick as the half time whistle blew.

After the interval Liverpool continued to push forward and Jordan Henderson’s crossed missed everyone and found Raheem Sterling at the back post but the winger somehow missed from six-yards out.

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QPR tried to get back into the game and Phillips had an effort in the 65th minute that deflected into the arms of Simon Mignolet. Then Fer volleyed home Joey Barton’s corner to make it 1-1 in the 73rd minute and hand the R’s a lifeline. As Fer wheeled away to celebrate, he lifted up his jersey to show a message for teammate Rio Ferdinand after the tragic news of his wife dying on Friday night after a short battle with cancer.

Liverpool were then given a great opportunity to go ahead as Onouha hauled down Martin Skrtel in the box and a penalty was awarded. Gerrard stepped up but his spot kick was saved by Green. In the 82nd minute, Onuoha was sent off for a second yellow after bringing down Ibe and the 10-men couldn’t hold as as Gerrard scored the winner to send the home fans wild.


Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson (Markovic, 84′), Gerrard (Lucas, 89′), Henderson, Lallana (Ibe, 68′), Sterling, Coutinho, Lambert

Goals: Coutinho (19′), Gerrard (87′)

QPR: Green; Onuoha, Caulker (Yun Suk-young, 45′), Dunne, Hill; Phillips, Sandro, Barton, Henry (Zamora, 71′); Fer; Austin

Goal: Fer (73′)

Italy women’s team awarded for ’emancipating’ female game

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ROME (AP) The Italy women’s national soccer team was awarded the Foreign Press Association’s Invictus award Monday for promoting and “emancipating” the female game in the country with its run to the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Head coach Milena Bertolini and forward Barbara Bonansea were given the award during a ceremony at the Rome-based association.

With soccer dominated by men in Italy and few opportunities for girls, Bertolini recounted how she had to dress up as a boy to play as a kid.

“Now things are changing, thanks to the Italian federation’s school programs,” Bertolini said.

Bertolini and Bonansea lamented that female players are still not considered professionals and therefore are not permitted to earn more than $33,500 per year by Italian law.

“It’s not about the money, it’s a question of rights,” said Bonansea, who also plays for Italian champion Juventus.

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While Italy’s men’s team is a four-time World Cup champion, the women had not played in a World Cup for two decades and entered as a prohibitive underdog during its opening match against Australia in France in June. But the Azzurre came back from a goal down for a 2-1 win courtesy of Bonansea’s two scores , with her second coming in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

“That goal shaped our World Cup, both in terms of results and in terms of promoting women’s soccer in Italy,” Bertolini said. “The strong emotions on the field were transmitted to everyone who was watching. I still get goosebumps now just thinking about that goal.”

The Azzurre went on to win their group then beat China in the first knockout round before losing to eventual finalist the Netherlands.

In a country of 60 million people, a total of more than 20 million spectators watched Italy’s five matches on RAI state TV, setting audience records for women’s soccer game after game.

The Invictus award is dedicated to “promoting the positive effects of sports in terms of integration and emancipation by the vulnerable sections of society.”

UCL preview: Spurs desperate for a win; Man City host Atalanta

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By the end of the week, we’ll be at the halfway point of the UEFA Champions League group stage, and while some Premier League clubs (Manchester City and Liverpool) are currently in rather strong positions, a couple others (Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea) have some serious work to do to rescue their respective campaigns.

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Tottenham’s start to the group stage has gone about as poorly as it could have done, considering the positions in which they’ve found themselves early in games. Going from 2-0 up to a 2-2 draw away to Olympiacos was bad enough, but going from 1-0 up to a 7-2 home defeat to Bayern Munich was the real demoralizer.

Now, last year’s UCL runners-up find themselves third in the group with just one point. However, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side is set for a back-to-back home-and-away with (presumed) doormat Red Star Belgrade, beginning Tuesday when the Serbian side visits the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs will continue to be without goalkeeper Hugo Lloris following his dislocated elbow, while midfielders Christian Eriksen and Giovani Lo Celso are back in full training and expected to be available for selection. Tanguay Ndombele was only involved as a second-half sub during Spurs’ draw with last-place Watford over the weekend, so he is likely to return to the starting lineup.

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Man City, meanwhile, are coming off a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace and feeling a renewed sense of PL title contention after Liverpool dropped their first points of the season. While a domestic three-peat is undoubtedly high on the list of priorities for Pep Guardiola‘s side, it’s probably safe to assume that breaking though in the UCL is the main objective for 2019-20. Since Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium, City have reached the quarterfinals twice and the round of 16 once. Under the direction of Manuel Pellegrini, City reached the semifinals the season before Guardiola’s arrival.

Outside of long-term knees injuries to Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, City have a clean bill of health.

Tuesday’s full UEFA Champions League schedule

Atletico Madrid v. Bayer Leverkusen — 12:55 p.m. ET
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Dinamo Zagreb — 12:55 p.m. ET

Tottenham Hotspur v. Red Star Belgrade — 3 p.m. ET
Manchester City v. Atalanta — 3 p.m. ET
Galatasaray v. Real Madrid — 3 p.m. ET
Juventus v. Lokomotive Moscow — 3 p.m. ET
Brugge v. Paris Saint-Germain — 3 p.m. ET
Olympiacos v. Bayern Munich

The 2 Robbies podcast: Man United 1-1 Liverpool; Struggles in North London

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe review the key results from Matchweek 9 in the Premier League focusing on Manchester United and Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford (0:50). The chaps also discuss Manchester City’s win at Crystal Palace (16:50), Arsenal’s defeat at Sheffield United (23:25), Tottenham’s draw at home to Watford (35:25) and debate who currently is the 3rd best team in the Premier League (42:05). Finally, the guys name their under-appreciated performances of the weekend (50:50).

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FA Cup qualifier to be replayed after team walks off for racist abuse

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LONDON (AP) The FA Cup qualifying match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town that was abandoned following racist abuse will be replayed next week.

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The Football Association said Monday that the match will be replayed from the start on Oct. 29 at Haringey’s home ground.

Saturday’s game saw the players walk off in the 64th minute, shortly after Yeovil had gone 1-0 up via a penalty. Haringey officials said after the game that its Cameroonian goalkeeper Valery Pajetat and defender Coby Rowe had both been targeted by racial abuse by visiting fans.

London police said they had arrested two men, age 23 and 26, on Monday on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault in connection with the incident.

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The FA said: “Following the incident in the original tie and the two arrests already made, the FA’s investigation is ongoing. We are continuing to work with the relevant authorities on our investigation into the matter.”

The winner of the game will advance to the first round of the FA Cup.