Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace: Rampant City destroy Eagles

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  • City unbeaten in five
  • Palace remain six points above drop zone
  • Silva, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sterling, Otamendi score

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as Pep Guardiola‘s men took another huge step towards sealing their place in the top four.

David Silva put City ahead less than two minutes in and they never looked back with the influential Kevin De Bruyne sitting up Vincent Kompany to score City’s second and the Belgian playmaker then added a third of his own before Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi finished things off late on.

The win pushes City on to 69 points and momentarily into third place, while Palace remain on 38 points and sit six points above the relegation zone.

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It took City less than two minutes to take the lead as Silva clipped a lovely pass to Sterling and his ball back across goal saw the onrushing Spaniard finish coolly for his 50th City goal. 1-0 to Guardiola’s boys.

City dominated the first half as Silva kept popping up in dangerous areas and Leroy Sane stung the palms of Wayne Hennessey and then Gabriel Jesus‘ follow up was cleared off the line.

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As half time arrived the game became stretched as Sane again tested Hennessey at his near post but Palace then launched a lightning-quick counter attack.

Andros Townsend clipped in a delightful cross and Christian Benteke rose highest to head towards the bottom corner but Willy Caballero saved superbly and Jason Puncheon‘s follow up went way over the bar.

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City started the second half well as Silva wriggled free but fired wide and then the second goal arrived in emphatic fashion. A corner from the right was half cleared and found its way back to De Bruyne and his pull back was hammered home by Kompany who made it 2-0.

De Bruyne then had a shot deflected wide and his free kick hit the bar as City poured forward time and time again with Palace unable to get any foothold in the game.

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Hennessey denied Sane again soon after as City threatened to run riot and then Palace’s goalkeeper let De Bruyne’s low shot from the edge of the box squirm past him and into the net to make it 3-0.

The goal was KDB’s first in the Premier League since February and his fifth of the season as he capped off a fine individual display.

City stroked the ball around in the final stages of the game with Sterling volleying home to make it 4-0 and Otamendi heading home De Bruyne’s free kick for his first goal of the season, as Guardiola’s boys enjoyed their afternoon in the sun to keep their top four hopes on track.

AFCON wrap: Diaby’s sensational rip highlights trio of matches

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The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.

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Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.

Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.

Tunisia 1-1 Angola

A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

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Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7
Final

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

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Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.

Canada’s Beckie: Sinclair asked if I wanted to take penalty v. Sweden

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Prolific forward Janine Beckie didn’t dodge cameras after her missed penalty helped seal Canada’s fate at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and she also explained why legendary striker Christine Sinclair wasn’t at the spot.

Beckie, 24, scored two goals in Canada’s run to the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the Houston Dash forward and Texas Tech product has 25 goals in 57 caps.

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The American-born Beckie was called upon to try to level the score against Sweden on Monday in the Round of 16, and took a solid effort which was parried by Hedvig Lindahl in an outstanding bit of goalkeeping.

“I’m confident in my penalty,” Beckie said. “I thought I hit it really well. I thought she made a really good save. It’s the big moments. It’s the moments that you live for. You get all the glory if it goes in, and you take the blame it feels like if you miss. That’ll stay with me for a long time.”

So why was she at the spot? Here’s Beckie on TSN, and Sinclair’s confirmation of the tale. As we expected, Lindahl’s success against Sinclair at the Algarve Cup played a role.

“Christine actually asked me if I wanted to take it. That’s a big moment for me and it’s gonna be hard for a while.”

Full marks for stepping up to both places: The penalty spot and the post-match interview.