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Premier League roundup: Derby delight for Man City; Spurs, Liverpool win in routs

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in the Premier League…

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Manchester United 1-2 Manchester CityFULL RECAP

Saturday’s Manchester derby lived up to every bit of the two weeks’ worth of hype, and maybe more. There were no fisticuffs between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola — only a warm embrace and a pair of handshakes — but the two sides more than made up for it on the field, particular in a first half that saw all three goals scored in a span of 27 minutes. Kevin De Bruyne scored the opener, and then nearly Man City’s second if not for striking the post to set up Kelechi Iheanacho for the tap-in. Zlatan Ibrahimovic answered with an effortless side-volley (WATCH HERE) not long before halftime, but that’s as close as the Red Devils would get.

Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham HotspurFULL RECAP

Seemingly nothing has changed since Tottenham were 4-0 victors away to Stoke last April. Mauricio Pochettino‘s side simply overwhelmed Mark Hughes‘ Potters in sending out a fair warning to the rest of the PL: “Excuse us, please don’t forget about us.” Heung Min-Son bagged a brace with a goal either side of halftime, and Dele Alli and Harry Kane each scored their first goal of the season. Spurs are the only side to have conceded just two goals through their first four games of the season (both Chelsea and Everton have conceded two through three games).

Liverpool 4-1 Leicester CityFULL RECAP

Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds are downright terrifying, once in full-flight. We saw it on the opening day of the season, and we saw it again on Saturday. The defending champions looked a shell of the title-winning side of last season, again, as Roberto Firmino (twice), Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana blitzed them for four goals, two on either side of halftime.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield on September 10, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsenal 2-1 SouthamptonFULL RECAP

Arsenal came from 1-0 down to top Saints in controversial fashion (you’ll have to judge for yourself) and keep pace with Spurs, Liverpool and Man United in the race for the top four. Laurent Koscileny was the scorer of perhaps the most unlikely bicycle-kick goal of all time, but only after the Gunners went a goal behind when Dusan Tadic‘s free kick found the back of the neck via Petr Cech‘s back, via the crossbar.

West Ham United 2-4 WatfordFULL RECAP

West Ham went 2-0 up on Watford after Dimitri Payet‘s ridiculous rabona assist (just click the link below already), and that was the last time a professional footballer wearing claret and blue was seen all day. Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney brought the Hornets back to 2-2 in a five-minute stretch just before halftime, and Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas bagged their side’s third and fourth goals, respectively, after halftime.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Etienne Capoue of Watford celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at Olympic Stadium on September 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Middlesbrough 1-2 Crystal PalaceFULL RECAP

Christian Benteke opened his goalscoring account for Crystal Palace on Saturday, heading home Wilfried Zaha‘s delicately lofted cross for the game’s opening goal in the 16th minute. Boro hit back through Daniel Ayala in the 38th minute, but Zaha grabbed what proved to be the winning goal in the 47th minute, a powerful left-footed striker from the top of the penalty area which Victor Valdes hadn’t the faintest hope of saving.

Bournemouth 1-0 West Bromwich AlbionFULL RECAP

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is back from the torn ACL that cut short his promising 2015-16 season, and looking once again like the man who scored five goals in seven games a year ago. Saturday’s late winner, which came via the deftest, silkiest, smoothest of backheel flicks in the 79th minute, was the 24-year-old’s first goal of the season.

Burnley 1-1 Hull CityFULL RECAP

The season is only four games old (10.5 percent of games played), and Hull (7 points) are already 17.5 percent of the way to the magical marker of 40 points, at which point they’ll be nearly impossible to relegate. On Saturday, Mike Phelan’s side looked destined for their second straight defeat after winning back-to-back games to begin the season, but Robert Snodgrass scored a 94th-minute equalizer to salvage a draw and inch the Tigers one point closer to safety.

VIDEO: Martial scores for Man United v. Club Brugge

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Anthony Martial scored once again for Man United and his goal in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg against Club Brugge was a beauty.

The Frenchman is standing tall in the absence of Marcus Rashford through injury as he has now scored in back-to-back games away from home.

Martial, 24, made the most of a slight defensive mistake from Club Brugge as he powered towards goal and kept his cool to slot home, while he also hit the post in the first half after Simon Mignolet got a slight touch on his curling effort.

When he’s on form he’s a joy to watch and after his towering header against Chelsea on Monday, Martial has done it again a few days later in Belgium. It is the third time this season he has scored in back-to-back games and he has now scored 14 goals in 30 appearances for the Red Devils, his best return since he scored 17 in his opening season at United in 2015-16.

Here is Martial’s goal at Club Brugge, as United need him to kick on and take this tally for the season to at least 20 goals if they are going to be successful.

LIVE, Europa League: Arsenal, Man United, Wolves in action

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The knockout rounds of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League campaign is here and three Premier League teams are in action on Thursday.

Everything is set up for an epic day of first legs in the Round of 32.

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Arsenal travel to Olympiakos who dropped down from the Champions League, while Wolves host La Liga strugglers Espanyol and Man United travel to Club Brugge who exited the UCL at the group stage after some impressive displays.

With a Champions League spot for next season up for grabs for the Europa League winners, there is always a little extra spice in this tournament from here on out, especially as plenty of giants have dropped out of the Champions League and joined the Europa League for the Round of 32.

Glasgow Celtic and Rangers both face tricky tests as Steven Gerrard‘s side face Braga and Neil Lennon’s Celtic head to Copenhagen.

Elsewhere there are plenty of mouthwatering ties at Jesse Marsch’s RB Salzburg drop into the Europa League and travel to Eintracht Frankfurt. Antonio Conte‘s Inter Milan head to Ludogorets, while Ajax travel to Getafe after narrowly missing out on reaching the Champions League last 16.

Below is the schedule in full for Thursday’s games, while you can click on the link above to follow all the action as it happens.

Full Europa League schedule

12:55 p.m. ET
Club Brugge v. Manchester United
Ludogorets v. Inter Milan
Copenhagen v. Celtic
Eintracht Frankfurt v. RB Salzburg
CFR Cluj v. Sevilla
Sporting Lisbon v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Benfica
Getafe v. Ajax

3 p.m. ET
Rangers v. Braga
Wolves v. Espanyol
Olympiacos v. Arsenal
Bayer Leverkusen v. FC Porto
AZ Alkmaar v. LASK
Roma v. Gent
APOEL Nicosia v. FC Basel
Wolfsburg v. Malmo

VIDEO: Henry’s Montreal debut ends with dramatic collapse

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Thierry Henry’s first game in charge of the Montreal Impact started well but ended in a dramatic collapse. The legendary Frenchman probably has CCL fever right about now.

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Montreal drew 2-2 at Deportivo Saprissa in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League last 16 game on Wednesday as Orji Okwonkwo and Romell Quioto put them 2-0 up inside the first 22 minutes but Saprissa struck twice in the final 10 minutes to draw level. Both of Montreal’s goalscorers went off injured and after a tough preseason a late collapse

Johan Venegas pulled one back for the Costa Rican side in the 80th minute and Ariel Rodriguez equalized in the 90th minute to set up an intriguing second leg at the Olympic Stadium next Wednesday as the winner will face the Seattle Sounders or C.D. Olimpia in the quarterfinals.

Henry’s first official game in charge of the Major League Soccer franchise will have taught him a lot about his team and in truth they were pretty lucky to grab a draw as Saprissa outshot them 22-7 and had 72 percent of the possession.

Via, the Arsenal and France legend was happy with the spirit his young side showed after a tough offseason which saw them lose four of their five preseason games amid plenty of turnover in the squad.

“We tried to compete, it was always going to be a difficult second half, but overall, I cannot say anything to my team,” Henry said. “Obviously there are some things that we need to work on, on how we conceded the goals, but you could see how it was difficult at times to cover each other. But at the end of the day, as a coach, when you see your team fighting like that up until the end you can only be proud. Obviously there’s some stuff that we can work on, don’t get it twisted, but I have to be proud about how they played. Especially how we arrived there in the situation that we are in.”

Going away to Costa Rica to play an experience team like Saprissa was never going to be easy and Henry’s side are at least level for the return game but Montreal’s squad is looking pretty young and replacing the creativity and goals of Ignacio Piatti is going to be tough.

Check out the highlights of the dramatic Saprissa comeback in the video above.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings are here and there are some familiar faces sticking around the upper echelons.

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Stars from Premier League giants Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal and Tottenham dominate our power rankings after some impressive performances and there are plenty of new entries and plenty of players from the same teams as these rankings are based on the seven games played over the last seven days due to the second half of the Premier League’s winter break kicking in.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

1. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Up 2
2. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Up 2
3. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – Up 2
4. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) – New entry
5. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – New entry
6. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man United) – New entry
7. Richarlison (Everton) – Up 8
8. Harry Maguire (Man United) – New entry
9. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – New entry
10. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – New entry
11. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
12. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) –  Down 11
13. Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – New entry
14. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Down 3
15. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – Down 7
16. Bruno Fernandes (Man United) – New entry
17. Nick Pope (Burnley) – Even
18. Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham) – Down 5
19. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – New entry
20. Pepe Reina (Aston Villa) – New entry