Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Mane wins Merseyside

1 Comment
  • No shots in first half
  • Stekelenburg injured
  • Barkley avoids red
  • Mane strikes late

This one was a Merseyside Derby throwback, two rivals trading nasty tackles and shoves at Goodison Park on Monday.

Sadio Mane scored the match’s only goal in the third of eight minutes of second half stoppage, beating Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori to a Daniel Sturridge reboundand lifting Liverpool into second on the Premier League table with 37 points.

Everton stays 9th with 23 points.

Despite electric attackers on both sides of the ball, the key players were disruptive midfielders Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Henderson.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

Everton was unquestionably the better side as the first half settled into form. Aaron Lennon had a cross for Romelu Lukaku cut out by Ragnar Klavan, and Ross Barkley bounced a low shot wide as the half reached its midpoint.

First to almost every ball, the Toffees looked inexhaustable. Idrissa Gana Gueye was again a lively part of what Everton did, but their midfield joined the backs in buzzing around any ball Liverpool moved into an area of danger.

And yet a rare moment of Liverpool attack though Georginio Wijnaldum and Nathaniel Clyne brought the match to its feet only to see Divock Origi rip his shot wide from near the penalty spot.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

Everton moved out James McCarthy for Gareth Barry at half, with the latter making his 750th appearance.

Yet Liverpool had the better of play in the opening stages of the second half. Roberto Firmino flubbed a chance to beat an offguard Maaten Stekelenburg. Then Toffees defender Leighton Baines cleared a chance and went clattering into Stekelenburg after Firmino backheeled Sadio Mane in on the Everton keeper.

Stekelenburg continued to move gingerly, and eventually had to leave the match with Joel Robles entering the fray.

As things escalated, Mike Dean somehow resisted giving Ross Barkley red for a studs-up tackle on Henderson’s ankle. Seamus Coleman and Dejan Lovren saw yellow in the 69th minute after racing to join a follow-up fracas.

A rare moment of attack came via Firmino, who tore into an 80th minute chance only to see Robles fly to push the ball away from danger.

With 8 minutes stoppage, there would be plenty of time for an opener. Mane found it when Sturridge hit a bounding ball off the post. A diving Robles couldn’t reclaim the center of goal before Mane left-footed the ball under his flailing arms.

Follow @NicholasMendola

Predicting the rest of the Women’s World Cup

Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Women’s World Cup is into the final eight, with seven of the eight teams hailing from Europe.

[ MORE: Women’s World Cup Power Rankings ]

The lone outlier is some team from North America who may or may not have won the last World Cup and can become the first team to win four of the things.

Who thinks they will? Our staff weighs in on the matter below.


Joe Prince-Wright

Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
England v. France
Netherlands v. Germany 

Final
France defeats Germany
Wendie Renard of France celebrates with teammates (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Nicholas Mendola

Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
USA defeats France
Italy defeats Netherlands
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
USA defeats England
Germany defeats Italy 

Final
USA defeats Germany

Andy Edwards

Quarterfinals
England
defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Italy defeats Netherlands
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
France
defeats England
Germany defeats Italy

Final
Germany defeats France

Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany  (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Dan Karell
Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
USA defeats France
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden
Semifinals
USA defeats England
Netherlands defeats GermanyFinal
USA defeats Netherlands

Kyle Bonn

Quarterfinals
England
defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
France
defeats England
Germany defeats Italy

Final
France defeats Germany

WATCH: Stoppage time missile earns Curacao draw with Jamaica

Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
Leave a comment

This Gold Cup isn’t short on drama.

A day after Haiti stunned Costa Rica to win Group B, it was Curacao’s turn to up the ante.

Needing a point to stay alive for a knockout round berth, Jurien Gaari ripped a stoppage time rocket into the back of the goal to defy Andre Blake and Jamaica a win and the Group C crown (at least for a couple of hours).

[ MORE: Spurs set to add $82M mid ]

Shamar Nicholson had given the Reggae Boyz a 14th minute lead, but Jamaica couldn’t find a second goal.

If Honduras beats El Salvador in the business end of the doubleheader in Los Angeles, Curacao will finish second in the group and advance to face either the USMNT or Panama.

If El Salvador manages a draw or win, well, at least Curacao will have this wonder from RKC Waalwijk’s right back:

AFCON wrap: Pote’s beauty helps Benin draw Ghana; Cameroon wins

Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Leave a comment

All 24 teams at the Africa Cup of Nations have a match in the books as of Tuesday, and we’ve got another tournament surprise.

[ MORE: Spurs set to add $82M mid ]

Having already seen Uganda upset the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar draw Guinea, this one came when Ghana met Benin.

It was aided by a red card to Ghana, but the 88th ranked Les Écureuils (Squirrels) of Benin managed a result.


Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

Scoreless at halftime, Cameroon saw Yaya Banana and Stephane Bahoken score three minutes apart to give the Indomitable Lions the Group F lead on Day One of group play.

Ghana 2-2 Benin

Mickael Pote scored first and last, giving Benin a valuable point against 10-man Ghana.

The Black Stars went behind in the second minute on Pote’s first, only to get Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew goals on either side of halftime to build a lead of their own.

But John Boye took a 54th minute red card and Pote potted his second nine minutes later to give Benin an early Group F bonus.

How about this sweep behind the leg?

David Silva will make 10th season his last as Man City

Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images
Leave a comment

David Silva says his 10th season at Manchester City will be his last with the Etihad Stadium set.

“It completes the cycle,” he said in a press conference this week. “It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years – that’s it.”

Silva turns 34 in January, and posted 10 goals and 14 assists in 50 appearances for Pep Guardiola‘s men last season.

[ MORE: Spurs set to add $82M mid ]

All told, he enters this one-year contract with 396 appearances for City, scoring 71 goals with 129 assists. He’s won the Premier League four times, the FA Cup twice, and the League Cup four times.

He was last capped by Spain at the 2018 World Cup, where he’s scored 37 times in 129 caps. He’s also played with Valencia and Celta Vigo in his native country.

The news comes less than a week after a fellow Spanish legend, Fernando Torres, announced his retirement.

But Silva seems like he’s got a bit more in the tank. Could he be one of the big names matched with Inter Miami for 2020? Or might he follow Xavi’s route to the Middle East?