Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool: Drama galore in epic encounter

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  • Norwich led 3-1 on 53 mins
  • 9 goals scored, 10 shots on target
  • Lallana wins it at the death

Liverpool beat Norwich City 5-4 in an epic encounter at Carrow Road on Saturday in an nine-goal thriller thanks to an injury-time winner from Adam Lallana.

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A truly breathless game saw six goals scored from the first six shots on target as Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool the lead early on but a clever flick from Dieumerci Mbokani and a debut goal from Steven Naismith put Norwich ahead at the break.

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Minutes into the second half Wes Hoolahan scored from the spot to put the Canaries 3-1 up but then came the comeback.

First Jordan Henderson swept home. 3-2. Then Firmino equalized and a horrible defense mistake let in James Milner 15 minutes from time to put Liverpool 4-3 but Sebastien Bassong‘s stunning strike in stoppage made it 4-4. However, there was one final twist as Lallana’s shot bounced in to make it 5-4 with seconds left.

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We perhaps shouldn’t be too surprised by the fact that this was a goalfest as in the last six encounters between these teams 34 goals have been scored. Also, in a somewhat spooky coincidence Liverpool beat Norwich 5-4 in January, 1962. Yep, that’s exactly 54 years ago.

With the win the Reds are on 34 points, while Norwich remain on 22 points.

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Liverpool went ahead in the 19th minute as Firmino after a ball down the left from Alberto Moreno found James Milner in the box and he slotted in the Brazilian to squeeze the ball home. 1-0.

Milner had a glorious chance moments later as he burst through one-on-one on Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd but Robbie Brady made a terrific last-ditch tackle to deny him.

Liverpool’s lead didn’t last too long as they failed to clear a high ball into the box and after it bounced around Mbokani sent a clever back heel past Simon Mignolet and in. 1-1.

Liverpool struggled to get going after that equalizer and soon they were behind.

Norwich turned the game on its head just before half time as Naismith picked the ball up 40-yards out and played it to Pinto. The new full back then knocked it into Wes Hoolahan and his slotted ball found the onrushing Naismith and the former Evertonian smashes the ball home emphatically into the far corner.

2-1, and Naismith was an instant hero on his debut.

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Eight minutes into the second half Naismith was first fouled and then pushed in the box by Moreno and Norwich were awarded a penalty kick. Hoolahan put the spot kick down the middle as it just evaded Mignolet’s dive. 3-1. Massive mistake from Moreno as an unhappy Klopp had his arms folded on the sidelines.

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Moments later Liverpool were right back in the game as a cross from the right found Henderson completely unmarked and the Liverpool skipper swept the ball home into the far corner. 3-2 to Norwich, as five goals had been scored from the game’s opening five shots on target. Remarkable.

In the final third of the game Liverpool pushed hard to go level and in the 64th minute the equalizer arrived with Emre Can flicking the ball around the corner to Milner who played it down the line to Lallana. The substitute then found Firmino with a perfect pass and the Brazilian finished with aplomb. 3-3 as six shots on goal had yielded six goals.

With 15 minutes to go Liverpool took the lead as a misplaced back pass from Russell Martin played in Milner and the Englishman slotted past Rudd to complete the incredible comeback. 4-3 to the Reds.

Bassong then scored a stunning strike in the 91st minute to make it 4-4 and Norwich thought they had nicked a point, but the sub Lallana popped up and smashed a shot into the ground which looped in. 5-4 and cue wild celebrations as Jurgen Klopp ran down the touchline to celebrate with his players.

Madness. Utter madness.

Zlatan, Blessing tally braces in cathartic ‘El Trafico’ draw (video)

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The game in 200 words (or less):  “El Trafico” lives up to all of its hype, whether it’d be in Carson or in the heart of Los Angeles. Loaded with goals, subplots, heated fan bases, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos Vela, it’s tough to find another rivalry in MLS as fierce and as provocative as Los Angeles’. Because just when one thought spectators uncovered the climax of the story, a plot twist from nearby Hollywood’s archives is screened. Whether it’d be Ibrahimovic’s fastest goal in derby history, Latif Blessing’s unexpected brace, or Vela’s goal and subsequent benching, it’s evident that there was no shortage of storylines. Both side’s 3-3 draw, as well, had no shortage of goals. It was a spectacle on Sunday.

Three moments that mattered

2′ – 15′ — Zlatan records brace in 13 minutes — Zlatan’s record-setting goal, followed by a routine finish to record his second of the night.

45′ — Blessing’s vital, first-half goal for LAFC    — Along with Zlatan, Latif Blessing was the night’s other bright spot.

89′ — Vela scores his 27th goal — Vela to the rescue…

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Man of the match: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Goalscorers: Ibrahimovic (2′), Blessing (12′) Ibrahimovic (15′), Pavon (16′),  Blessing (45′), Vela (53′)

Serie A: Milan stunned; Roma draw in six-goal thriller (video)

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A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Italy’s top flight.

Roma 3-3 Genoa

There were plenty of promising talking points in Roma’s season opening six-goal thriller against Genoa, but their draw certainly overwrote almost everything with red ink.

Edin Dzeko was one of the few highlights that remained in the clear. The 33-year-old – five seasons into his Roma spell -scored and assisted for I Giallorossi. Recent arrival, Davide Zappacosta, made his debut in the 78th minute.

Genoa, not necessarily impressive throughout the match, figured out a way to crack Roma’s defense. When they conceded, they’d respond. Stadio Olimpico saw six lead changes, with Christian Kouame’s diving header in the 70th minute splitting the points.

For a Roma that missed out on qualifying for the Champions League last season, the result is a low-blow right off the bat. For Genoa, who remained in Serie A by a miraculous goal, a six-goal thriller in Roma is music to their ears.

Udinese 1-0 AC Milan

Another Italian giant had a slow, first day at the office.

AC Milan, boasting a plethora of firepower, were outclassed by a well-prepared and structured Udinese.

Rodrigo Becão’s debut goal was the only difference between both sides. Milan, who are already three points behind favorites such as Juventus and Napoli, have plenty of questions to answer. The reported possible arrival of Angel Correa may certainly help on the attacking side of things, but Marco Giampaolo still has plenty of work laid out in front of him.

Banned from Europa League for overspending by Financial Play Fair Rules, Milan are expected to fully focus on the Serie A campaign, which they have yet to win since the 2010/11 campaign.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Sampdoria 0-3 Lazio 

Cagliari 0-1 Brescia

Verona 1-1 Bologna 

SPAL 2-3 Atalanta 

Torino 2-1 Sassuolo 

WATCH: Zlatan scores fastest-ever ‘El Trafico’ goal

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If someone was going to set a record in “El Trafico,” it was going to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic has become the scorer of the fastest goal in the rivalry’s history, after scoring the opener against LAFC two minutes into Sunday’s bout at Banc of California Stadium.

The 37-year-old’s strike inside the box came two minutes faster than Carlos Vela’s goal from the penalty spot earlier this season. The Swede has scored eight goals against LAFC in six matches, making him the leading goalscorer of the young rivalry.

Mexicans abroad: Weekend roundup

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Scoring goals left and right, Raul Jimenez continues to bring smiles to Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters. Against Burnley,  the forward played hero with his last-second goal, earning Wolves a third straight draw.

In Spain, Diego Lainez registered his first minutes of the season, while Hector Herrera has yet to make his debut.

Diego Reyes is no longer a Fenerbahçe, as a move to Tigres nears. Lozano, now with Italian giants Napoli, awaits for his highly-anticipated Serie A debut.

Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.

Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers — Late into stoppage time, Jimenez converted from the penalty spot, and earned Wolves a valuable point at home against Burnley. It’s the 28-year-old’s first Premier League goal this season.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, West Ham — Chicharito was inactive this weekend due to a reported knee injury. On Saturday, West Ham edged Watford 3-1.

La Liga

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid — For a second consecutive week, Herrera was an unused substitute for Diego Simeone’s side, who won 1-0 against Leganes.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis — Los Verdiblancos’ captain started and played 61 minutes in Betis’ 5-2 loss against Barcelona.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old recorded his first minutes of the season, playing the final 15 minutes in Betis’ loss to Barcelona.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo started and played all 90 minutes in Celta’s 1-0 victory over Valencia.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli — Recently integrated, Lozano didn’t suit up for Napoli’s entertaining 4-3 win against Fiorentina on Saturday.

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven — PSV are inactive this week.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Ajax are inactive this weekend.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Despite overlapping when attacking, Porto’s manager, Sergio Conceicao, continues to deploy Tecatito as a right back. The 26-year-old showed no problems throughout 90 minutes in Porto’s 2-0 statement victory over Benfica, though.

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Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Logging in minutes won’t be a problem for Govea at the Belgium club, at least that’s been the case thus far. On Saturday, the midfielder started – for a fourth consecutive game – and registered 66 minutes.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Hector Moreno, Al Gharafa   The Qatari league is underway, and Moreno has made his debut. The center back started and played all 90 minutes in Al Gharafa’s 3-0 win over Shahania on Thursday.

Diego Reyes, Free Agent  Fenerbahçe released Reyes on Sunday. He is set to make a Liga MX return with Tigres after leaving for Europe back in 2013.

Juan Gerardo Ramirez Alosno, Roda JC — On Friday, the 21-year-old fullback started and played 66 minutes in Roda’s 2-1 loss against NEC Nijmegen.

Carlos Fierro, San Jose Earthquakes – The 25-year-old is slowly but surely finding himself in San Jose. On Saturday, Fierro logged nine minutes in the Quakes’ impressive 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Carlos Vela, LAFC – LAFC take on rivals LA Galaxy on Sunday.

Jonathan Dos Santos, LA Galaxy – LA Galaxy take on rivals LAFC on Sunday.