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Premier League roundup: Manchester sides win; Northeast rising toward Norwich

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Two of the favorites for relegation from the Premier League strengthened to case to stay up while another lost momentum and a fourth formalized its place in the second tier on Saturday.

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Yes, it was a day of mixed results for the Premier League’s strugglers, while both sides of Manchester won in their quests to make the Top Four.

Newcastle United 3-0 Swansea CityRECAP

Just when you were ready to doom Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies, Newcastle used home field, a trio of goals, and Norwich’s struggles to erase six goals of differential while rising to within three points of the drop zone. The Magpies took the lead through Jamaal Lascelles, then watched as Swansea missed several chances to equalize before Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend gave us our final scoreline. The Magpies make up their match-in-hand on Norwich with a Tuesday visit from Man City.

Norwich City 0-3 SunderlandRECAP

After weeks of improved play, Sam Allardyce‘s Black Cats finally finished on several chances in cruising past woeful Norwich on Saturday. The Canaries saw their lead over 18th place Sunderland shrink to a single point, and the Black Cats have played one less match.

Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester UnitedRECAP

That’s it for Villa. After 28 years in the Premier League, the big Midlands club is going down to the second tier of English football. Marcus Rashford scored again for the Red Devils, who are three points back of fourth place Arsenal ahead of Sunday.

Chelsea 0-3 Manchester CityRECAP

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Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick and the Stamford Bridge faithful weren’t treated to much from the Blues in a blowout loss. Thibaut Courtois picked up a late red card for a slide at a breaking Fernandinho, and soon Chelsea’s lost season will mercifully come to an end.

Everton 1-1 SouthamptonRECAP

Saints deserved all three points but had to settle for two. Ramiro Funes Mori opened the scoring for Everton before Sadio Mane answered for Southampton, who really wanted all three points as they continue to chase European qualification.

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 WatfordRECAP

Heurelho Gomes, take a bow. The keeper stopped a pair of penalty kicks from Saido Berahino, and Ben Watson scored the only goals as the Hornets toppled the Baggies 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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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.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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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.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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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.

From Marca.com:

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.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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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.