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PL Saturday roundup: Chelsea top league, Sunderland earns first win

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While one of the league’s most dominant sides continued its brilliant form on Saturday, the Premier League’s final winless side broke that trend on the road.

Chelsea completely outclassed Everton to kept its superb league form intact at Stamford Bridge, while Sunderland picked up its first victory of the 2016/17 campaign with a gutsy performance away from home.

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Elsewhere, Manchester City was held to a draw behind a late equalizer from Middlesbrough.

Here, we take a look back at Saturday’s action from around England’s top flight.

Chelsea 5-0 Everton — RECAP

Five in a row for the Blues, and Antonio Conte‘s side now sits at the top of the PL for the time being. While the Toffees were a bit unlucky to concede one Eden Hazard‘s opener (which had a hint of offsides from Pedro‘s run), Everton was on the back foot for most of the match. Goals from Marcos Alonso and Diego Costa capped off a brilliant first half for Chelsea, before Hazard and Pedro netted after the break to cap off an utterly dominating performance.

Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland — RECAP

It took 11 tries but Sunderland is no longer winless in PL action. Despite being reduced to 10 men just before the hour mark, the Black Cats picked up its first win of the season after Jermain Defoe converted from the penalty spot in the 74th minute. Dan Gosling had given the Cherries the lead after just 11 minutes, however, Victor Anichebe leveled things up before the halftime break.

Burnley 3-2 Crystal Palace — RECAP

Despite battling back from a two-goal deficit after halftime, Crystal Palace fell short at Burnley following some late-match heroics from Ashley Barnes. The hosts earned a 2-0 lead inside the opening quarter hour after Sam Vokes and Johann Gudmundsson each netted at the Turf Moor. Palace valiantly fought back though in the second stanza, leveling the match with under 10 minutes to play when Christian Benteke converted from the PK spot. Burnley now move up to ninth in the table, while Palace falls to 15th place.

Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough — RECAP

Sergio Aguero netted his 150th goal for City on the day, but his momentous feat was cancelled out by Marten De Roon‘s second-half stoppage time equalizer. Following the Citizens’ impressive midweek victory over Barcelona, the hosts left the door open for Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea to all surpass the PL leaders (heading into the weekend).

West Ham 1-1 Stoke City — RECAP

Stoke extended its unbeaten streak to six matches on Saturday as Bojan Krkic capitalized on a critical mistake by Hammers keeper Adrian in the 75th minute. West Ham had taken the lead 10 minutes prior when Glenn Whelan put the ball into his own net, giving the hosts the 1-0 advantage. The two sides sit a mere two points apart in the table, however, Stoke lands 11th through as many matches while West Ham is 16th.

Josef Martinez scores 2 more in win, including sensational solo work

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Josef Martinez scored his 25th and 26th goals of the MLS season, and if he challenges his MLS record of 31, he may also stare down soccer royalty.

The Venezuelan striker scored two more on Wednesday in a 2-0 defeat of FC Cincinnati in Ohio to give him goals in 15-straight league contests.

He now has 76 goals in 80 MLS games, which is good.

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On the season, he’s six goals shy of matching the Major League Soccer record he set with last season’s 31 regular season goals.

According to, he’s six games shy of tying Lionel Messi’s world record for consecutive league matches with a goal.

Even that’s a little tricky: Messi scored in 21-straight games in which he was eligible for selection, but 19-straight before missing two matches for injury. In that remarkable run of 21, he also had a run of six-straight braces.

It’s not really worth it to attempt to compare the two streaks: If Martinez gets to 21 (or even 19), it’s amazing stuff and worth celebrating on a worldwide level. Everyone has a bad game every now and again, but Martinez still finds the score sheet in ’em.

Look at the magician’s tricks he used for this one, including a back heel first touch and two freeze-frame cut moves. That’s not even mentioning the finish.

USWNT announces final matches of World Cup-winning year

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CHICAGO (AP) The Women’s World Cup champion U.S. team will wrap up 2019 with matches against Sweden and Costa Rica.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the U.S. will face Sweden in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 7 and Costa Rica in Jacksonville, Florida, on Nov. 10.

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The team is wrapping up its World Cup victory tour next month with matches against South Korea on Oct. 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and on Oct. 6 in Chicago.

Coach Jill Ellis is stepping down following the match in Chicago after leading the team to a pair of consecutive World Cup titles.

The United States is 15-1-2 this year and currently riding a 14-game winning streak.

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Report: Mane to get big raise, Liverpool contract through 2025

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Liverpool’s Senegalese sensation looks set to stay at Anfield deep into his 30s.

Sadio Mane is in talks with the Reds hierarchy over a new deal that will run through 2024-25, and pay him more than $15 million per season.

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Mane, 27, currently has a deal through 2023, but surely wouldn’t mind a raise. And Liverpool will be happy to tie him down on Merseyside a bit longer.

He’s scored six times in seven matches this season, also grabbing an assist. That’s on a better pace than his 26 goals and five assists over 50 appearances in 2018/19.

Mane has 70 Premier League goals at the moment. Do you tip him to eclipse 100 while still at Anfield? 125?

Europa League preview: Man Utd, Wolves, Arsenal begin group stage

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The Europa League begins its group stage on Thursday, with the three Premier League combatants taking on clubs from Kazakhstan, Portugal and Germany.

Manchester United’s kids are gonna get some playing time when Astana visits Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Teenager Mason Greenwood and 21-year-old Axel Tuanzebe will start, and Sergio Romero will be between the sticks.

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And the Manchester Evening News notes that Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes could also start at Old Trafford, meaning the veterans in the fray will be quite important.

Enter Fred, the forgotten $68 million man from Shaktar Donetsk. The 23 minutes he played last week versus Leicester City account for his lone time on the pitch this season.

Here’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

“I’m sure we’ll see more and more of Fred. We spoke about it earlier, he’s had some great games in midfield with Scott against PSG and Arsenal, for example, and we’re just waiting for that to flourish.”

Fred had an odd record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, barely in the squad when the team started hot but trusted against PSG and Barcelona in the Champions League.

Speaking of little-used midfielders, Arsenal boss Unai Emery is getting a little grief for leaving Mesut Ozil behind for the Gunners’ trip to Germany for a big match with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ozil made his first start of the season in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Watford at the weekend, playing 71 minutes and departing with the club up 2-1.

So why not even bring him abroad? Rest.

“Because we are going to play another match on Sunday,” Emery said, via The London Evening Standard. “My decision is because he played and also I’m thinking tomorrow the focus and the first 11 and after that I decided who are the players who can be the best for tomorrow and also the players not and that is Sokratis and Mesut.”

Sokrastis Papastathopoulos is also out, having played a big role in the embarrassing performance at Watford.

There have been tough times for Wolves as well, who sit in the relegation zone after five matches of the Premier League season.

They’ve been quite good in Europa League, though, dispatching a pair of minnows before winning both legs against Serie A side Torino.

Why the inconsistency? It’s not fixture congestion, according to Ruben Neves:

“I don’t think fatigue has anything to do with it, Neves said, via The Birmingham Mail. “We’re all top players, we’re used to it, we’re used to playing a lot of games in quick succession. I don’t think the Europa League has (anything) to do with our position in the Premier League. Obviously, we haven’t had the start that we’ve wanted, but it’s been a beautiful journey into the Europa League. This is a historic moment for Wolves and we’re going to do our best in this competition.”

Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men are in Portugal to meet Braga, one of three tricky opponents in Besiktas and Slovan Bratislava.

Full slate

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CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

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Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow