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Premier League roundup: Norwich nabs big win; Reds hold Spurs

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The door is open for Leicester City to put a death grip on the Premier League title, while the other end of the table has three clear favorites for relegation after a big 6-pointer at Carrow Road.

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Aston Villa is all-but-down, and we knew that, but Norwich City’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United combined with Sunderland’s wasteful 0-0 draw versus West Brom means the Canaries have a multi-match lead on both the Magpies and Black Cats in the race to stay in the Premier League.

All that and more in the roundup.

Liverpool 1-1 TottenhamRECAP

Philippe Coutinho and Harry Kane traded second-half goals at Anfield in a match that entertained but ultimately put Spurs’ slim hopes for the Premier League title in jeopardy. Tottenham has to make up four points to catch Leicester, who plays Sunday and can stretch that lead to seven.

Arsenal 4-0 Watford  — RECAP

Alexis Sanchez had a goal and an assist as Arsenal did what it could to stay in the Premier League title race despite the mathematics. Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott also scored for the Gunners, who more or less battered Watford from start to finish. The Gunners are eight points back of Leicester, and will have played a game fewer than the Foxes after Sunday.

Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

What a match for the neutral viewer, and what polar opposite feelings from the home and road fans following a thriller at Carrow Road. Norwich City led 1-0 and 2-1, with both leads canceled out by surprising sub Aleksandar Mitrovic.

It looked destined for a draw, but Norwich earned itself a four-point lead on Sunderland — six on Newcastle — when Martin Olsson belted a winner past Newcastle third-string goalkeeper Karl Darlow deep into stoppage time. Newcastle has one more match to play than Norwich, but needs to make up six points over those seven matches to stay in the Premier League.

West Ham United 2-2 Crystal Palace — RECAP

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A shocking straight red card to Cheikhou Kouyate moved this match from West Ham easing to three points right into jeopardy. Kouyate slid to corral a bad trap, and connected with the ball and a big piece of Dwight Gayle. Mark Clattenberg sent Kouyate off, though it looked much more like a yellow card foul.

Damien Delaney and Gayle scored for Palace, who is still winless in Premier League games this year. Dimitri Payet scored a scintillating free kick for West Ham, which also got a goal from Manuel Lanzini.

Stoke City 2-2 Swansea City — RECAP

The Potters looked ready to cruise into the Top Five discussion after Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic boosted Mark Hughes‘ side into a 2-0 lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alberto Paloschi made sure to snare Swans a point — and a 10-point lead on the drop zone — with goals in the final 22 minutes.

Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester CityRECAP

The Cherries looked fairly content, if not all-around sloppy, as Manchester City battered Bournemouth with three goals in the match’s first 20 minutes. Sergio Aguero, Aleksandar Kolarov, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernando all scored for the Sky Blues, who moved three points clear of fifth place West Ham and four in front of Manchester United. The Red Devils play Sunday.

Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea — RECAP

The first game of the post-Remi Garde era looked just as poor as the preceding ones, and no better than the early season struggles under Tim Sherwood. Pedro scored twice for Chelsea, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Alexandre Pato netted their first Blues’ goals. USMNT back Matt Miazga debuted in central defense for Chelsea, going 90 minutes in the win.

Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich Albion — RECAP

The Black Cats were all over Tony Pulis‘ hemmed-in Baggies, but couldn’t keep pace with 17th place Norwich City’s three-point haul. Sunderland out-attempted West Brom 22-3, but couldn’t find a goal.

10-man Real Madrid comes back to draw 10-man Arsenal

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Maybe Zinedine Zidane ought to rethink his stance on Gareth Bale?

Of course it’s just preseason, but the on-the-market Real Match forward subbed into Tuesday’s match in Maryland on Tuesday and spearheaded a comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Real won in penalties, as all International Champions Cup matches must have a winner.

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Real was down a man after 10 minutes when Nacho Fernandez handled a ball on the goal line, and Arsenal also went down a man when Sokratis Papastathopoulos saw his second yellow of the contest in the 40th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty, then set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a goal 14 minutes later as the Gunners handled their business early.

The chemistry between two remains very real.

Real started new boys Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic in addition to Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos.

Bale came in for Hazard at halftime and poked a 57th minute rebound home and Marcelo set up Marco Asensio two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Asensio, sadly, would only last a few more minutes, needing to be stretchered off with injury.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

Elsewhere
FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

Wednesday
BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”

Nooooooooooo.

Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.