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Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United: Jesse Lingard saves 10-man Red Devils in FA Cup final

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A tense, exciting affair at Wembley Stadium saw Manchester United lift the FA Cup by a 2-1 scoreline in extra time as Jesse Lingard saved the Red Devils after Chris Smalling‘s second yellow saw them reduced to 10 men.

Manchester United owned the vast majority of chances, but it never felt like Palace was second-best. There was a controversial moment on 18 minutes as Chris Smalling dragged down Connor Wickham on the break. Wickham got back up, got back on the ball, and moved in on the open goal, but referee Mark Clattenburg had stopped play to give the free-kick rather than playing advantage, which would have given Wickham a one-on-one opportunity.

Juan Mata forced a save of Wayne Hennessey on 22 minutes with a low shot from a tight angle, and a Martial shot minutes later was blocked. Palace then had shouts for a penalty minutes later when Wilfried Zaha snatched the ball from Daley Blind and raced into the box, where he went side-by-side with Wayne Rooney. The two bundled over and the referee whistled for a foul on Zaha.

With the scoreline untouched at halftime, Manchester United continued to pile up the chances after the break. Rashford sprung Fellaini in the box seven minutes into the second half, and the Belgian pumped a shot on goal that cannoned off the corner of the post.

Past the hour mark, the game exploded open. United found themselves unlucky again, as Martial headed off the post at the end of a cross by Antonio Valencia. Marcus Rojo was forced off after a yellow-card tackle by Damien Delaney which probably could have earned him harsher punishment.

On 78 minutes, the deadlock broke as substitute Jason Puncheon remained onside and collected a long ball from Ward over the back line to the far post, and the 29-year-old ripped it past David De Gea from point blank range, causing Pardew to do a little dance.

Manchester United responded immediately. Wayne Rooney carved up the Palace organization into the box and all the way to the end line, and lofted the ball across the box. Fellaini and Mata were waiting, and as Fellaini settled the ball with his chest, it fell to the feet of Mata who rifled it through the legs of Ward, wrong-footing Hennessey as it traveled into the back of the net.

Into extra time the game went, and with seven yellow cards handed out, we finally saw a red. Already on a yellow, Chris Smalling rugby-tackled Yannick Bolasie near the halfway line to prevent a counter, leaving Clattenburg no choice but to send him off.

The trophy was still yet to be won, and a 23-year-old would bring it to Manchester. With extra-time half over and his side a man down, Jesse Lingard punched home the winner. A cross from Valencia was bungled by Martial, but the rebound fell to Lingard who roofed a volley before it hit the ground, a sweet strike that sent the Red Devils through.

A defeated Crystal Palace had nothing left to offer, and Louis Van Gaal lifted the FA Cup, a savory finish to an otherwise bitter season. It’s the club’s first FA Cup since 2004, their 12th FA Cup all-time, tying Arsenal for the most ever in the competition.

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Matchweek 15 of the 2019-20 Premier League season wraps up on Thursday, with two more midweek clashes featuring two mid-table sides, and two more from much nearer to the relegation zone, in action.

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First up, PL new boys (and 9th-place side) Sheffield United will host 14th-place Newcastle United, who sit just two points outside the relegation zone ahead of kickoff. 45 minutes later, 10th-place Arsenal will host 16th-place Brighton & Hove Albion in Freddie Ljungberg’s first home game as Arsenal interim manager.

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The schedule for Thursday’s two games is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


2:30 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Newcastle United [STREAM]
3:15 p.m. ET: Arsenal v. Brighton & Hove Albion [STREAM]

Atleti escapes major punishment for fans’ Griezmann threats

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MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid escaped major punishment Wednesday after its fans made threatening chants against former player Antoine Griezmann during last weekend’s La Liga match against Barcelona.

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The Spanish league had denounced the club after some fans chanted “Die Griezmann” in Sunday’s match, won by Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

The Spanish soccer federation said it would fine Atletico $333 because the game was disrupted, but it did not cite the chants against Griezmann. The fine was prompted mainly because fans threw objects — including an umbrella — onto the field.

The Spanish league had denounced the club to the federation’s anti-violence committee, saying about 2,000 fans from Atletico’s “ultras” section made the chants for about 20 seconds before the start of the second half, and again later in the game.

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Griezmann left Atletico for Barcelona at the end of last season in a transfer worth more than $132 million.

The France forward was jeered nearly every time he touched the ball at the Metropolitano on Sunday. It was his first match at Atletico’s stadium since leaving the club.

Klopp to take first team to Club World Cup, leave youth for EFL Cup

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Jurgen Klopp has chosen his strongest possible Liverpool squad to take to the Club World Cup later this month, leaving a reserve- and youth-laden team behind to compete in the EFL Cup during the same period.

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Liverpool will head to Doha, Qatar, for the Club World Cup, where they’ll play their semifinal fixture against one of Monterrey (Mexico), Al-Saad (Qatar) or Hienghene Sport (New Caledonia) on Dec. 18. The day prior, on Dec. 17, the Reds will also play away to Aston Villa in the quarterfinals of the League Cup. With the club’s star-studded first team in Qatar, progression to the semifinals of the League Cup will be down to a team full of teenage prospects.

Only defender Joel Matip and midfielder Fabinho, both of whom are currently injured and unavailable, were left out of the Club World Cup squad.

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Players suffering from illness or injury prior to Liverpool’s first Club World Cup game can be replaced in the squad up to 24 hours before kickoff.

Liverpool’s Club World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Adrian, Andy Lonergan

Defenders: Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold

Midfielders: Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Neco Williams

Forwards: Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian Brewster, Divock Origi

Hazard has muscle tear, could miss El Clasico

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MADRID (AP) Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard has a more serious right-leg injury than the bruise that was first diagnosed, and it could rule him out of El Clasico against Barcelona on Dec. 18.

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Madrid said Thursday that new tests found a micro-tear of a muscle that had gone undetected since the injury occurred on Nov. 26 in a 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.

Hazard joined Madrid from Chelsea this year on a club-record transfer of $113 million, plus add-ons. He missed the first three games of the season after injuring a thigh muscle in the preseason.

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Madrid said it will also likely be without left back Marcelo for Saturday’s home game against Espanyol because of a muscle injury.

Madrid is in second place in the Spanish league behind Barcelona on goal difference.