Huddersfield 2-0 Brighton: Vital win for Terriers

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  • Huddersfield have won 14 of their 18 PL points at home
  • Brighton without a win in five
  • Mounie scores first goals since double on opening day

Huddersfield Town beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday in the battle of the newly-promoted sides.

The Terriers were 2-0 up at half time with Steve Mounie bagging a brace against a struggling Seagulls who barely threatened throughout.

With the win in front of their raucous fans, Huddersfield climb to 11th place on 18 points and move above Brighton in the table.

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Huddersfield started well with Steve Mounie drilling in a low effort from outside the box which Mat Ryan saved well.

The Terriers took the lead after 13 minutes with a corner whipped in from the right by Chris Loewe, Christopher Schindler flicked it on and Mounie chested the ball home to put Huddersfield 1-0 up.

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Brighton looked dangerous on the break but rarely threatened Jonas Lossl as Huddersfield always looked more likely to double their lead. They made it 2-0 just before half time and it was that man Mounie again.

A corner was half cleared by Brighton and Huddersfield whipped the ball into the box with Mounie heading towards goal and the ball somehow squirming past Ryan. The Brighton goalkeeper will not want to see that moment again.

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Huddersfield continued to dominate the game and should have extended their lead further in the second half.

Tommy Smith whipped in a lovely cross which Tom Ince met but Ryan saved well and soon after Mounie drilled over from a good position.

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Smith went close himself as he curled an effort wide with Ryan beat, while Brighton never looked like getting back into the game as Ince smashed another effort over the bar.

Reports: Alli unlikely to play in England’s second Group G match

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The Three Lions may not have taken all good news away from the team’s 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

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Several reports are suggesting that England will likely be without Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli in their second Group G match against Panama on Sunday.

Alli was forced out of England’s opener with a thigh strain, which gave manager Gareth Southgate the decision to put in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

There isn’t a timetable for the 22-year-old’s return to the pitch, but his absence will definitely present a major question for Southgate heading into the rest of group play.

Without Alli in the starting XI, it’ll likely be between Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard to fill the role where Alli normally sits.

In the case of Lingard, who started against Tunisia, the England boss would have to bring in another starter if Southgate opts to have the Red Devils attacker sit in as the number 10.

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.

West Ham signs club record center back from Toulouse

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West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.

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Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.

Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.

Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.

From WHUFC.com:

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”