Leicester edge past Burnley amid VAR drama

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Leicester City beat Burnley 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as an emotional day for the Foxes ended in victory.

Leicester’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha — who tragically died in a helicopter crash on Oct. 27, 2018 — was honored by the home fans in their closes home game to mark the anniversary of his passing.

Burnley took the lead through Chris Wood but Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans secured the comeback win for Leicester, as Wood was denied a late equalizer via VAR drama.

With the win Leicester momentarily moved second in the table on 17 points, while Burnley have 12 points.


3 things we learned

1. Vardy delivers again: As Burnley fans taunted him with chants about his wife, Vardy nodded home to make it 1-1. His celebration was aimed at Burnley’s fans and once again he had delivered for Leicester. Vardy has scored six times in nine outings this season and even though Leicester possess more talented players technically, he is so effective.

2. Burnley right to feel aggrieved by VAR: Burnley should have drawn this game 2-2. Wood bundled the ball home but VAR said he had fouled Johnny Evans. That will go down as a mistake as the former Leicester striker was a constant thorn in the Foxes side and should have grabbed Burnley a point. Sean Dyche was right to be livid on the sidelines.

3. Leicester’s progress continues on emotional day: As scarves were waved throughout and a minute of applause in the 60th minute took center stage, Leicester’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was honored by the Foxes fans on Saturday. His tragic death came almost a year ago and since then the Foxes have kicked on and progressed to the next level under Brendan Rodgers. On and off the pitch the Foxes are moving forward as they aim to further honor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Man of the Match: Youri Tielemans – A superb overall display in midfield and capped it off with a wonderful finish to secure the win. What a player he is.


Leicester started brightly but Burnley were dangerous on the break as Chris Wood was denied by Kasper Schmeichel.

Caglar Soyuncu then headed wide from a corner as the Foxes got going. James Maddison then had a shot deflected wide after combining with Harvey Barnes but Leicester were then behind.

Dwight McNeil swung in a cross to the far post and former Leicester striker Wood powered home a header to make it 1-0.

Leicester’s Vardy then struck a shot into the side-netting and right on half time he equalized. Barnes’ cross found the veteran striker as Vardy headed home an equalizer. Game on.

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In the second half Leicester dominated as Ayoze Perez had a decent chance and Vardy then had the ball in the back of the net but Demarai Gray was correctly called offside.

Tielemans then gave Leicester the lead they deserved as Ricardo Pereira‘s cross found the Belgian midfielder who slammed home to make it 2-1.

Burnley then thought they had made it 2-2 as Wood bundled the ball home after Westwood won the ball back, but VAR was used and Wood was adjudged to have fouled Jonny Evans. No goal.

Arsenal beat Spurs in front of WSL-record crowd of 38,262

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LONDON (AP) The first north London derby in the Women’s Super League produced a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham.

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The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema extended Arsenal’s lead in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time Tottenham, in its first top-flight campaign, had staged women’s football at its main 61,000-capacity stadium, which opened earlier this year.

The crowd surpassed the 31,213 at Manchester City for the visit of Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season in September.

Tottenham hosted Arsenal on the first designated Women’s Football Weekend in England which also saw 23,500 at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

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Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge.

League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Maren Mjelde’s penalty sealed a 1-0 victory over promoted Manchester United in front of 4,790 fans – a WSL record crowd for a game not played in a large stadium usually used by the men’s team.

VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.

Defending champs Portugal qualify for EURO 2020

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Defending European champions Portugal booked their place at the 2020 European Championship with a 2-0 victory away to Luxembourg on Sunday, the final day of qualification.

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Portugal (17 points) finishes second in Group B behind Ukraine (20), three points ahead of third-place Serbia which will now go the qualification playoffs route in March.

Bruno Fernandes scored Sunday’s winner in the 39th minute, followed by a late insurance goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 86th.

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As things stand, Portugal, who won the European title in 2016 and followed it up with the inaugural UEFA Nations League crown earlier this year, will be placed into Pot 3, alongside Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Austria and Sweden. Ukraine, meanwhile, is assured of being seeded in Pot 1.

Southgate: Gomez to ‘clear his head’ following injury, Sterling incident

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Gareth Southgate believes Joe Gomez has a chance to “clear his head” in the wake of this week’s incident with England teammate Raheem Sterling, thanks to the minor knee which forced Gomez out of the England team for Sunday’s game against Kosovo.

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Gomez suffered the injury in a clash of knees during Friday’s training session, but Southgate stated emphatically that Gomez is “absolutely fine” after undergoing a scan “and I think he’ll be fine in a couple of days.”

As Southgate sees, the injury could be something of a blessing in disguise for Gomez, who earlier this week was involved in a brief physical confrontation with Sterling, to “clear his head” before beginning his regular work week back at Liverpool. Southgate believes that both players have received closure over the incident and can now move forward without issue.

“I think now is a good moment for him just to go home for a couple of days, clear his head.”

“I think the fact that Raheem put out the tweet was real closure on that whole incident. We get Raheem back on the pitch tomorrow. We won the match on Thursday and we can now just look forwards.

“You couldn’t make it up, really, if you tried, but he’s absolutely fine. He took a clash of knees yesterday. We scanned it just to be certain and I think he’ll be fine in a couple of days.”

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England secured qualification to this summer’s European Championship with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro, a game for which Sterling was dropped. Even before Gomez’s injury forced him out of the team, Sterling was set to return to the England team for Sunday’s qualifying finale.