Roundup: Man City lose, Man United top on goal crazy day in PL

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With 35 goals scored in eight Premier League games on Saturday, we had a glut of goals, drama and stunning wins up and down the land.

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On a day where Manchester City lost, Chelsea fought back to draw and Arsenal secured a thumping win, Manchester United also won as they went to the PL’s summit for the first time under Louis Van Gaal,. The standings are starting to shake out after the seventh Saturday of the season produced the most goals one day so far in the 2015-16 campaign.

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Below, just in case you missed anything, you will find recaps, reaction, videos and more from all eight games.

Newcastle United 2-2 ChelseaRECAP

A goal in each half from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum put Newcastle 2-0 up against Chelsea but Jose Mourinho’s side came roaring back as a stunner from Ramires and a late Willian free kick, which evaded everyone in the box, made it 2-2. This was a big result for the Blues as the reigning champs rallied to secure a memorable comeback just as the Magpies looked to have secured their first win of the season. Mourinho still hasn’t won at St James’ Park but he will be happy with the comeback. Steve McClaren will be pleased with the display but is still searching for his first PL win as Newcastle’s boss.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Manchester CityRECAP

Mauricio Pochettino‘s side blew away City in a stunning 15 minute spell either side of half time. Kevin De Bruyne‘s goal put City ahead after 25 minutes but Eric Dier leveled controversially before the break. In the second half goals from Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane (breaking his goal drought) and Eric Lamela sealed Spurs’ third-straight win as City lost for the second-straight game and were without the injured Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany.

Manchester United 3-0 SunderlandRECAP

For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired over two years ago, Manchester United is top of the Premier League. Yes, it is early days, but Louis van Gaal’s side were ruthless against Sunderland as Memphis struck in first half stoppage time, then Wayne Rooney (also ending his goal drought) scored 46 seconds into the second half to make it 2-0. Juan Mata sealed the win late on against a Sunderland side who still haven’t won a game and sit bottom of the table. To make things even sweeter, United leapfrogged rivals City to go top.

Liverpool 3-2 Aston VillaRECAP

Daniel Sturridge scored twice in the second half to grab his first goals since March and lead Liverpool to victory. James Milner scored after 69 seconds before Sturridge’s superb volley made it 2-0, but Rudy Gestede pulled one back to make it 2-1. Sturridge scored soon after to ease Liverpool’s nerves, but then Gestede hit back again to make it 3-2 and set up a nervous final 20 minutes for the home side. Brendan Rodgers is still under plenty of pressure, but grabbing a win and having Sturridge back to this best will certainly help out.

Leicester City 2-5 ArsenalRECAP

Leicester went ahead through Jamie Vardy but the Gunners came roaring back as Theo Walcott scored and Alexis Sanchez helped himself to a hat trick. Vardy made it 4-2 late on, but then Olivier Giroud grabbed another for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger‘s side are only three points off United at the top of the table. Leicester’s time as the only unbeaten side in the PL is now over but once again they put up a brave fight.

Southampton 3-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Saints secured their second win of the season and moved into the top 10 with a relatively comfortable win over the Swans. Virgil Van Dijk scored his first goal for the club in the first half, then Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane added a goal each in the second half. Swansea got a late consolation through Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s PK but it’s now three games without a win for Garry Monk‘s side. As for Saints, despite the win their manager Ronald Koeman was not happy with the performance at all.

Stoke City 2-1 BournemouthRECAP

Phew. The Potters finally have a win on the board as they scrapped away and beat the Cherries at the Britannia Stadium. Jonathan Walters gave them the lead but Bouremouth — who were impacted by Callum Wilson going off in the first half with a serious looking injury — leveled through Dan Gosling late on. Mame Diouf then emerged as the hero for Stoke as Mark Hughes‘ men climbed out of the bottom three and to within one-point of 16th placed Bournemouth.

West Ham 2-2 Norwich CityRECAP

Norwich City twice led through Robbie Brady and Nathan Redmond but the Hammers fought back and equalized through Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate. The latter’s goal came in second half stoppage time to deny the Canaries a win. Speaking of birds, the game was delayed as a pigeon was stranded on the pitch during the encounter. The Hammers remain third in the PL, while Norwich sit in 13th.

Reports: Ajax, Barcelona reach agreement over USMNT’s Dest

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Ronald Koeman couldn’t convince Sergino Dest to represent the Netherlands over the United States, but the Barcelona boss has reportedly talked the Ajax back into choosing the Blaugranas over the Bavarians.

Dest, 19, has been widely linked with Bayern Munich in recent weeks, though Barcelona was also mentioned with the caveat that Koeman would have to sell players to bring others in due to the La Liga outfit’s salary problems.

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Wolves’ pursuit of Nelson Semedo and Atletico Madrid’s move for Luis Suarez may have opened the door for Dest, and multiple reports say Ajax and Barcelona have reached an agreement on a $22 million transfer with another $6 million in incentives in the deal.

Dest was named Ajax Young Talent of the Year last season and is also a member of the 2020 Golden Boy shortlist. He has two goals and six assists in 37 senior appearances for the club after coming through its vaunted academy. He’s also been linked with moves to Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.

Capped thrice by the United States after the Yanks won a recruitment battle with the Netherlands, Dest went 90 minutes in eight of Ajax’s last 10 Eredivisie matches and came off the bench in their opening two Eredivisie matches of the 2020-21 campaign. That’s likely due to transfer issues.

Dest would become the second American to represent Barcelona on a matchday 18, just missing out on the honor of being first. Barca academy product Konrad de la Fuente signed a contract with the club this summer, and was an unused sub when the Blaugranas beat Napoli in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Aug. 8.

 

League Cup: Manchester United wins; West Brom, Watford bounced

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Luton Town made Manchester United work for its spot in the League Cup fourth round, while another lower league side simply ended another Premier League side’s tournament in Tuesday’s FA Cup results.

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West Bromwich Albion is out of the tournament after blowing two leads and losing in penalties at home to Brentford, while West Ham blasted Hull City after an alarming COVID-19 moment and League Two side Newport County dismissed Watford.

Then there’s Tottenham and Leyton Orient, who didn’t even get to play. It’s all in the FA Cup wrap.


Luton Town 0-3 Manchester United

The score line does not tell the story here (aside from, you know, the goal total).

Brandon Williams won a late first-half penalty that Juan Mata smashed home as the Red Devils labored to a win over the Championship’s Hatters.

Marcus Rashford came off the bench to ice the game off a feed from fellow sub Mason Greenwood, who was later assisted by another sub in Bruno Fernandes.

Dean Henderson made an outstanding save in his long-awaited Manchester United senior debut.

The 23-year-old has been United property since he was 14 and has taken loans with four clubs including a highly-celebrated two years with Sheffield United.

Henderson did not have to make a save until the 81st minute, when he made a big stop to keep United on top at Kenilworth Road.

Mata’s goal came in his 200th appearance for the Red Devils. Donny van de Beek made his first Manchester United start in the win.

West Ham United 5-1 Hull City

Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice and set up two others as the Irons showed no ill effects of learning that David Moyes, Issa Diop, and Josh Cullen tested positive for coronavirus (The club says all three are asymptomatic).

Yarmolenko now has nine goals and five assists in just over 1700 minutes with West Ham. He missed 2.5 months with a muscle tear last season.

Sebastien Haller had a brace and Robert Snodgrass scored the other goal as West Ham’s “second string” continues to beat up on lower league competition while awaiting chances off the bench in the PL.

Mallik Wilks had brought Hull within two in the 70th minute only to see Haller and Yarmolenko complete their braces in stoppage time.

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West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko (center front) with Felipe Anderson, Haller, and Lanzini (Photo by ALASTAIR GRANT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Newport County 3-1 Watford

The Hornets had little going for them despite having the better of possession, outshot 12-2 by the time League Two’s Exiles reclaimed their two-goal lead with 25 minutes on the clock.

Adelberto Penaranda came off the bench to score for Watford after the Exiles built a 2-0 lead through Tristan Abrahams and Josh Labadie. Padraig Amond bagged County’s third goal to turn the screws on the former Premier League side.

Stipe Perica sealed Watford’s fate with an 88th-minute red card. The Hornets have a win and a draw in their return to the Championship and will focus on that until the FA Cup.

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 (4-5 pens) Brentford

The Bees couldn’t catch the Baggies in the race for the automatic promotion last season but kept scrapping en route to a pair of equalizers at the Hawthorns on Tuesday.

Brentford made all of its penalties, its fifth sealing the win after Grady Diangana’s effort was saved by David Raya.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored both of West Brom’s goals but answers came from Emiliano Marcondes and Marcus Forss to have it level with 17 minutes left in scheduled time.

Leyton Orient (ppd) Tottenham Hotspur

A raft of positive COVID-19 tests for the hosts put this tie in doubt Monday and we’re still awaiting the plan.

For now, health aside, Spurs are probably quite happy to have day off given a wild fixture list across three competitions which includes a trip to Macedonia for Europa League action on Thursday.


Next League Cup third round fixtures

All times ET

Wednesday
Preston North End v Brighton — 2 pm
Millwall v Burnley — 2 pm
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday — 2 pm
Stoke City v Gillingham — 2 pm
Chelsea v Barnsley — 2:45 pm
Leicester City v Arsenal — 2:45 pm
Fleetwood Town v Everton — 2:45 pm
Morecambe v Newcastle United — 2:45 pm

Thursday
Bristol City v Aston Villa — 2 pm
Lincoln City v Liverpool — 2:45 pm
Manchester City v Bournemouth — 2:45 pm


League Cup fourth round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/Arsenal
Millwall/Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillingham
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/Barnsley
Newport County v Morecambe/Newcastle United
Preston North End/Brighton v Manchester United

USMNT learns Nations League dates, says no October friendlies

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CONCACAF’s summer is going to be red-hot as its top sides will scrap multiple times on the road to World Cup qualifying.

In other words, we might see the USMNT meet Mexico twice in a month.

The USMNT, Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica are among the group of sides waiting to see who advances from the postponed first stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The final round of World Cup qualifying had already been postponed.

It was revealed Tuesday that the quartet will now play the first ever CONCACAF Nations League Finals in June, three months behind schedule and just before the 2021 Gold Cup.

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The Gold Cup was previously postponed to June 10 – July 1 and the draw is set for Monday.

The Nations League semifinals see No. 1 seed Mexico against No. 4 Costa Rica and the No. 2 Catrachos of Honduras meeting the third-seeded USMNT.

A U.S. Soccer Federation release said the move is to put the focus on first stage of qualifying (It also gives all of the participants more time to figure out the pandemic atmosphere if it, as anticipated, reaches into a second year dramatically affecting sporting competitions):

This official competition Finals event will take place in a centralized location in the United States in June 2021. Concacaf will now work with our stakeholders to finalize the location and specific dates for this competition.

Playing this competition in June 2021 will enable the First Round of the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, which involve 30 Concacaf Member Associations, to take center stage in March 2021.

Concacaf remains in discussions with FIFA to agree a new schedule for the Concacaf Qualifiers which retains the current format.

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U.S. Soccer also announced that it will not play any matches or train in the October international break, aiming for a November return. That means Christian Pulisic will have even more time to find top form for Chelsea.

General manager Brian McBride says Gregg Berhalter’s group may have an additional December camp with its January camp, which is great news for MLS players hoping to cement their statuses in Berhalter’s mind while the European talent continues to play overseas.

“After extensive conversations about holding a men’s national team camp in October, we ultimately determined the unique challenges created by COVID-19 as it relates to hosting international opponents and getting our players together wouldn’t allow us to move forward,” men’s team general manager Brian McBride said, via the Associated Press. “While we won’t have the team together in this upcoming window, we are making considerable progress for November.”

West Ham manager Moyes, two players test positive for COVID-19

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West Ham United’s preparations for Tuesday’s League Cup match against Hull City were rocked by positive COVID-19 tests for three members of the first team.

Irons boss David Moyes, center back Issa Diop and midfielder Josh Cullen all were informed of positive coronavirus tests before the match. All were sent home and said to be asymptomatic.

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The match went on with assistant manager Alan Irvine taking the reigns.

Diop is by far the most significant name on that list when it comes to West Ham’s competitive fortunes (Yes, we know Moyes in the manager).

West Ham stressed that it’s been vigilant when it comes to COVID-19:

The Club’s measures and protocols around COVID-19 remain stringent. This included offering to test the Hull City team ahead of tonight’s fixture – an offer which they opted not to accept.

Diop went the distance in both of West Ham’s PL matches this season, while Cullen has not featured for Moyes. The Irons lost 2-0 to Newcastle and 2-1 to Arsenal.