Burnley 1-2 Man City; Aguero’s double sends City top

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  • Aguero scores twice
  • Marney puts Burnley ahead
  • City momentarily top
  • Clarets first home defeat since August

Manchester City beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday as Pep Guardiola‘s side battled back from 1-0 down to momentarily go top of the Premier League table.

Dean Marney‘s stunner put Burnley ahead in the first half but Aguero equalized before the break and his scrappy effort in the second half gave City the win.

Guardiola’s side now move on to 30 points, while Burnley remain on 14 points.

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Burnley had a penalty shout early on as a free kick into the box found Jeff Hendrick and he went down under contact from Nicolas Otamendi but no penalty was awarded.

After that Man City broke and Aguero’s shot from the edge of the box was saved well down low by Paul Robinson.

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Moments later Burnley took the lead as Robinson launched a long ball forward which found Marney 25 yards out and he hit a volley into the bottom corner. Turf Moor erupted. 1-0 to Burnley.

Nolito then had a chance down low with Robinson saved well as City did all the pressing as they tried to equalize before half time.

Yaya Toure played a one-two and drilled a shot off the near post and then Nolito’s shot was well blocked by Matt Lowton. From the resulting corner, City were level as a scramble in the box fell to Aguero at the back post and he poked home. 1-1.

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Robinson then denied Aguero and before the break Scott Arfield was brought on for the injured Marney and then Johann Berg Gudmundsson went down with a hamstring knock and James Tarlowski replaced him.

Sam Vokes had a chance for Burnley before half time but his header was saved down low by Claudio Bravo.

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In the second half City pinned Burnley back with Toure smashing over and then a moment of pure comedy arrived.

With Toure going down in the box (he had a good shout for a penalty kick) three Burnley players got in each others way and eventually the ball bobbled to Fernandinho who cut it back for Aguero and the ball bounced off his shin and in. Somehow, City lead 2-1. They all count…

Burnley almost equalized late on but Bravo saved Michael Keane‘s header after a goalmouth scramble and then the Chilean stopped Ashley Barnes‘ overhead kick.

Ronaldo explains his new chin hair at World Cup

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Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to sporting a reasonable hairstyle atop his head, people are talking about the foliage on his face.

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Ronaldo, 33, drew speculation when he stroked his chin following a goal in his hat trick performance against Spain in the World Cup opener. Some said he was demonstrating defiance against Lionel Messi posing with a goat (Greatest Of All Time) in a recent photograph.

Ronaldo scored again on Wednesday, and there was seemingly little doubt his goatee was a wink to the speculators. But what did it mean, CR7? From ESPN:

“This goatee? It’s a joke I had with [Ricardo] Quaresma. “We were in the sauna [before Friday’s match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee. I said if I score tomorrow, I would leave it for the rest of the tournament. And it gave me luck.

“I scored in that game, I scored in this one, so it stays.”

Personally, I like to imagine Ronaldo starting to get as wild with his facial hair as he did his head hair.

Perhaps a beatnik style, or something like Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Get nuts, C-Ron.

Report: Southampton could sell Tadic to Ajax for $20m

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Could Southampton be selling one of its most creative forces?

Dusan Tadic, 29, is in the middle of a World Cup run with dark horse Serbia, but the Saints star is also being talked about as a purchase item for Ajax.

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The celebrated Eredivisie has traditionally been a selling club for the Premier League, but could be a $20 million buy for Ajax.

The report says director of players Marc Overmars and financial director Jeroen Slop have flown to Southampton to work out a deal.

Tadic starred for Dutch sides Groningen and Twente between 2010-14 before moving to St. Mary’s for a reported $12 million.

He’s scored 24 goals with 35 assists in 162 appearances for Saints, 21 and 30 of which came in the Premier League.

Toronto locks down USMNT backstop Bono with extension

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Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono is going to stay Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono.

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The newly-capped USMNT backstop, 24, has been attracting interest from abroad since breaking past Clint Irwin to win the TFC job and guiding the club to multiple MLS Cup Finals.

Now general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has locked down his young goalkeeper to an undisclosed contract extension. From TorontoFC.com:

“Alex was a big part of our success last season. He set club records for wins and clean sheets and was a critical piece of our championship team,” said Toronto FC Sr. Vice-President, Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Since joining the club as a first round pick in 2015, Alex’s ability to make key saves in big moments has been critical to our success.”

The Syracuse-born product of Syracuse University has made 64 appearances for the Reds.

WATCH: World Cup, Day 8 — Argentina on the edge; France aims for berth

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France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.

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Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.

That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.

Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20

Group C
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group D
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE