- Sunderland grab first point of season
- Gomis now has three goals in three games
- Ayew hits crossbar for Swans
- Defoe levels late in the game
Sunderland fought back to grab a point against Swansea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Bafetimbi Gomis opened the scoring in first half stoppage time but Jermain Defoe scored an eerily similar goal in the second half to split the points.
With the draw Sunderland has one point from their opening three games, while Swansea is still unbeaten with five points from three matches.
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It was a slow burner to start with at the Stadium of Light as both teams felt their way into the game. Defoe went close after a cross flashed into the near post and Sunderland looked more dangerous than Swansea. Yann M’Vila’s free kick caused some problems in the Swansea defense but Danny Graham’s overhead quick was saved easily be Lukasz Fabianski.
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Jefferson Montero had a great chance before half time but after patient build up play he slammed an effort into the side-netting at the near post.
In first half stoppage time Kyle Naughton slotted in an inch-perfect pass to Gomis and the Frenchman made it three goals in three games with a fine finish into the far corner. Cue the wild panther celebration. 1-0 to Swansea.
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In the second half Sunderland improved and new signing Jeremain Lens had a goal disallowed for being offside. Swansea regained dominance soon after as Andre Ayew headed Jonjo Shelvey’s cross onto the bar and the Ghanaian forward headed wide soon after as Sunderland’s defense continued to struggle.
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With 25 minutes to go the Black Cats were level as Defoe got free in the box and slotted home with ease. 1-1. Game on at the Stadium of Light. Gomis went so close to giving Swansea the lead as Costel Pantilimon saved superbly at point-blank range. Soon after Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a shot just over the bar as Swansea pushed to go ahead once again but in the end had to settle for a point.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.
A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.
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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.
Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.
And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.
A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.
Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.
Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.
Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.
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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.
Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.
It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.
Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.
Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.
Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.
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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.
That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.
So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.
Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.
So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.
Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.
Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.
Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.
And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.
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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).
The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.
Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.