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Tammy Abraham rescues England in Toulon opener

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It took a late finish to nab three points on Sunday, but England’s title defence at the Toulon Tournament is off an running.

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The Three Lions’ Under-21 squad picked up a 2-1 win in their Group A opener against China, after having fallen behind to the Asian nation inside the opening half hour.

England, winners of the last two editions of the competition, conceded in the 20th minute to Yan Dinghao, and went into the halftime break behind 1-0.

Manager Paul Simpson and his side came out strong in the second stanza, though, and found an equalizer five minutes in through Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry‘s header.

It seemed as though England would be destined for a point, however, Tammy Abraham‘s tap-in finish in the 85th minute ensured a crucial victory to open the tournament for the Three Lions.

England will round out Group A with matches against Mexico and Qatar on March 28 and June 1, respectively.

At the Toulon Tournament, the three group winners automatically reach the semifinals, while the best second-place nation also receives a bid into the final four.

EFL Cup wrap: Swansea, Palace fall; 18-year-old plays Arsenal hero

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A pair of Premier League teams fell in Carabao Cup action, while another barely survived as the quarterfinals of the competition are nearly set.

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Swansea City was thoroughly beaten by Manchester United on a pair of Jesse Lingard goals, while struggling Crystal Palace was beaten heavily by Championship side Bristol City despite an early 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Arsenal just squeaked by Norwich City with the help of a young hero, scoring a late goal to force extra time before winning things early in the added period.

Manchester City failed to score, but would advance on penalties thanks to the help of their veterans.


Swansea City 0-2 Manchester United

Jesse Lingard came into the squad and got back on the scoresheet with a simple finish 21 minutes in to complete the play started by a skillful flick from Marcus Rashford. That goal sent the Red Devils through, but Lingard would complete his brace after halftime on a spectacular header, connecting with Matteo Darmian‘s cross just inside the top of the box for a long-range strike.

Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City (AET)

Arsenal started a mostly second-choice lineup in their home Cup match, and it almost backfired massively. Josh Murphy struck for Norwich just past the half-hour mark, getting loose through the central defenders on a fast-break and chipping goalkeeper Matt Macey to stun the Emirates.

Needing a hero, 18-year-old striker Eddie Nketiah – an Arsenal academy product – came off the bench for his second pro appearance in the 85th minute and struck an astonishing 15 seconds later, poking home after Francis Coquelin had flicked the ball in front of net with his head from a corner.

Nketiah wasn’t done, bagging the winner on a header six minutes into extra time, powering the ball into the top corner off a set-piece a la Olivier Giroud. Fun fact: Nketiah is the first player born after Arsene Wenger took charge at Arsenal to score a goal for the Gunners. Yay for everyone feeling old!

Bournemouth 3-1 Middlesbrough

Callum Wilson hit from the penalty spot in the 75th minute to give Bournemouth a spot in the quarterfinals. The referee had pointed to the spot after Dael Fry fouled Jack Simpson on a corner, and Wilson buried the chance to put Bournemouth through. Benik Afobe added the Cherries’ third with seven minutes to go.

Wilson’s winner came after Simpson and Marcus Tavernier had cancelled each other out following a scoreless first half.

Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

Former Wolves winger Bakary Sako put Crystal Palace in front early, but the Championship side Bristol City cancelled out the Eagles’ lead before halftime through Matty Taylor. Five minutes later, Palace would find themselves walking into halftime down a goal as substitute Milan Djuric would poke the ball home on a scrum in the box following a long throw.

Joe Bryan gave Bristol City a third after halftime to ensure Palace’s misery on the hour mark, and Callum O’Dowda added on a fourth.

Leicester City 2-1 Leeds United

Islam Slimani was the hero as the Foxes prevailed over Championship side Leeds United in a come-from-behind win at the King Power Stadium. He touched home on a cross from Kelechi Iheanacho following a through-ball from Vicente Ibarro.

Pablo Hernandez put Leeds in front 26 minutes in, but the lead only lasted till the half-hour mark when Iheanacho struck to bring Leeds back level, catching Leeds goalkeeper Felix Weidwald out of position.

Manchester City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (City wins 4-2 on penalties)

Championship leaders Wolves frustrated a decently strong Manchester City side all night, and with the game scoreless all the way through extra time despite 25 Manchester City shots – but just six on target – we went to penalties.

Claudio Bravo saved efforts from Alfred N'Diaye and Conor Coady, while Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, Leroy Sane, and Sergio Aguero were all successful from the spot to send Manchester City through

Middlesbrough 0-2 Man City: Guardiola’s men ease into semis

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Manchester City reached the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday as they comfortably beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium.

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The quarterfinal clash between the Premier League duo was incredible one-sided as City scored early through David Silva and then midway through the second half via Sergio Aguero. They also had numerous chances to score but were wasteful in front of goal and U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan made some fine stops.

Guardiola’s side will now play in their first FA Cup semifinal since 2013.

City started superbly as Leroy Sane went close and then Silva fired home from Pablo Zabaleta‘s cushioned cross with just over two minutes on the clock. 1-0 to City who had scored their quickest goal in any game this season.

Boro battled to get back into the game with Adama Traore’s pace their main threat on the break as City dominated possession.

Rudy Gestede then went close twice from headers as the first was fumbled by Claudio Bravo but Zabaleta cleared and the second then landed on top of the net.

Raheem Sterling then crossed for Sane who scuffed his shot and moments later Sane returned the favor after gliding past two defenders but his cutback couldn’t find Sterling in the six-yard box.

Despite their dominance City only led 1-0 at the break.

City battered Boro’s battered backline in the second half as Bernando went off injured and teenager Dael Fry came on. First they almost scored an identical goal to their first as Yaya Toure cliped the ball into Zabaleta and his cross was missed by Sterling but this time Silva’s shot went just over the bar.

Moments later USMNT goalkeeper Guzan produced a fine instinctive save from Aguero as the Argentine striker nipped in at the near post but his effort was deflected onto the far post by Guzan’s foot.

Somehow Boro hung in there as Guzan tipped Silva’s shot wide and then moments later he saved well from Sane too.

City finally got their second goal with 25 minutes to go as Sane’s cross from the left found Aguero and he slotted home his 24th goal of the season. 2-0 to City.

Fabio had a header cleared off the line by John Stones late on and Guzan saved well from Sterling, but Pep’s boys eased to victory and are heading to Wembley.