Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle United: Canaries close to safety after thrilling finish

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  • Canaries lose 1-0 and 2-1 leads
  • Mitrovic nets twice for NUFC
  • Olsson snares late winner
  • Mbokani, Klose also score

Martin Olsson’s seeing-eye stoppage time goal may’ve ensured Norwich City’s Premier League survival in a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Substitute striker Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s second-half brace looked to have lifted Newcastle to a critical point, evening the score with Norwich goals from Timm Klose and Dieumerci Mbokani.

The win lifts Norwich six points clear of Newcastle and four points ahead of Sunderland with six games remaining for the Canaries and seven for the Black Cats and Magpies.

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Mbokani had a goal called back when he was needlessly offside to tap a goal past Karl Darlow. Mbokani was a yard offside but three yards past his man, and Norwich let an incredible chance pass.

The Canaries kept up the pressure against Newcastle’s makeshift back line, and Darlow was forced into several key stops. Robbie Brady was a pest all over the pitch, and Darlow did well to stop him in the 30th minute.

It was Darlow on the doorstep moments later, as Mbokani had the whole net only to see an outstanding reflex save from the keeper.

Klose put Norwich up just before halftime, Johnny on the spot to nod Brady’s free kick home and give the Canaries a critical 1-0 lead.

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Newcastle brought on Ayoze Perez at half, replacing Cheick Tiote.

It was Papiss Cisse who might’ve tied it up in the 51st minute, with John Ruddy prone after parrying a Daryl Janmaat shot. Cisse blasted it wide of a yawning goal from a somewhat-tight angle, and it Newcastle remained down 1-0.

Mitrovic equalized with a header, but the deadlock didn’t didn’t last long. Mbokani cruised past Janmaat and blazed a shot past Darlow. The third-string keeper should’ve had it, but that matters not.

Gary O'Neil then handled a ball in the box, and Mitrovic left no doubt with his pen to make it 2-2.

After VAR drama, does new handball law need to change?

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The fallout from Manchester City and Tottenham’s wild 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium continues, as late VAR drama stole the show with Gabriel Jesus‘ strike ruled out deep into second half stoppage time.

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Jesus’ goal in stoppage time was ruled out for a handball on Aymeric Laporte after being checked by VAR, as the new laws brought in by IFAB this summer were interpreted correctly. The exact same thing happened as Wolves had a goal chalked out against Leicester during the opening weekend of the season.

But do those new laws need to be tweaked?

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The new rules state that if there’s a handball in the box from an attacking player which either a) leads to the ball going into the net or b) leads directly to a goal being scored, then it will be called a handball.

However, the same law states that if a defending player handles in the box then it is down to the referees discretion to decide whether or not it was a deliberate handball.

As you’d expected, Man City midfielder Ilkay Gunodgan has strong feelings on this law change, and our broadcast crew discuss whether or not this law needs to be changed in the video above.

The overall feeling is that the law needs to tweaking to state that handballs in the box by either attacking or defending players are treated the same and called a handball.

Watch Live: Sheffield United v. Crystal Palace

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Sheffield United host Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane on Sunrday (Watch live, 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as the Blades fans will enjoy their first home game back in the Premier League.

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Chris Wilder, the lifelong United fan who is now their manager, will be emotional and fans of the Yorkshire club will create a heated atmosphere for opponents to visit this season.

In team news Sheffield United are unchanged from the team which drew at Bournemouth last week, with club captain Billy Sharp on the bench.

Crystal Palace bring in star man Wilfried Zaha who starts up top


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Zidane says Bale will stay at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale is staying at Real Madrid.

The Welshman was not wanted by manager Zinedine Zidane, who stated that publicly on many occasions over the summer.

But Bale started and grabbed an assist as 10-man Real beat Celta Vigo 3-1 in their La Liga opener on Saturday and it seems like Zidane is ready to brush all of this Bale talk under the carpet.

“He’s going to stay and we all have to think of that as a positive thing,” Zidane said. “The injury to Eden Hazard was bad luck for us but it didn’t change the plans we had for Bale in this game. Gareth and everyone else here is going to show this shirt the respect it deserves.”

After his move to China broke down at the last minute amid conflicting reports blaming Bale and the club for the collapse of the deal, his future at Real has seemed pretty much dead in the water.

Adding in a serious injury to Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard picking up a knock, and all of a sudden Bale is needed again. But for how long?

He was linked with a loan move to Bayern Munich but Philippe Coutinho moved to Bavaria instead, and Bale wasn’t chased by Premier League clubs during the summer due to his huge wage demands. With the transfer window across many European countries closing at the end of this month, he has run out of options to leave a club where the hierarchy and fans don’t want him.

Bale, 30, is now stuck at Real and he has another three years left on his contract. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the man who has won four Champions League trophies at Real, yet has become the main villain at the Santiago Bernabeu as fans lambast him for playing golf and not learning to speak Spanish fluently during his six years in Spain.

Ibrahimovic scores twice, 10-man Galaxy ties Sounders 2-2

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Carson, Calif. (AP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in each half and the LA Galaxy tied the Seattle Sounders 2-2 on Saturday night despite playing nearly the entire match down a man.

The Galaxy’s Daniel Steres was sent off in the sixth minute for the denial of obvious goal opportunity.

Ibrahimovic tied it at 1 for the Galaxy (13-11-2) with a header in the 45th minute. In the 65th minute, he was taken down by Kim Kee-hee while going for a header in the area and converted the penalty, making it 2-1 with his 20th goal of the season.

LA defender Jorgen Skjelvik scored an own goal in the 82nd minute when he inadvertently deflected goalkeeper David Bingham’s attempted clearance into the Galaxy net.

Raul Ruidiaz opened the scoring in the 42nd minute for the Sounders (11-8-7). Harry Shipp hustled to round up a loose ball and fed it to an open Ruidiaz, who slotted it home.