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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Italy, Spain, Switzerland all secure wins

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Sergio Ramos provided the winner from the spot as Spain took home a 2-1 win over Norway in Valencia. Rodrigo bagged the opener 16 minutes in, volleying home Jordi Alba’s floated baseline cross. Alvaro Morata nearly bagged a headed goal just past the half-hour mark as part of a ruthless first-half onslaught by the home side, but Rune Jarstein made a fabulous stop. Alba then nearly had his own, putting it into the back of the net but pulled back for the offside flag.

The hosts would rue not taking their first-half opportunities as Norway would pull level after the break as Inigo Martinez toppled over substitute Bjorn Johnsen in the box on a set-piece. Bournemouth attacker Joshua King slotted it home from the spot and evened the score. That wouldn’t last long though, as Spain moved back in front just six minutes later with Ramos from the spot as Jarstein came off his line on a Spain break and scythed Morata down, delivering a cheeky Panenka down the middle.

Italy went wire-to-wire to top Finland 2-0 in Udine. 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella opened things up in the seventh minute with a deflected volley that found its way past Lukas Hradecky. Finland could only manage a single shot on target the entire way through, with Teemu Pukki badly missing wide in the 65th minute with their best opportunity, and Italy secured the win with a second goal 10 minutes later. 19-year-old Moise Kean made a perfect run through the two center-backs and Ciro Immobile delivered an incredible ball to slice them up, with the teen needing just one touch to slot it home for his first international goal on his first start.

Edin Dzeko earned his 100th cap, but 24-year-old Deni Milosevic was the biggest winner as he provided the eventual winner for Bosnia & Herzegovina who picked up a 2-1 win over Armenia. Rade Krunic put the hosts 1-0 up past the half-hour mark in Sarajevo, and then Milosevic struck with 10 minutes to go, streaking down the middle to meet Edin Visca’s long cross from the right. Henrikh Mkhitaryan slotted home a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time but it was nothing more than a consolation.

Greece flew to a 2-0 win over Lichtenstein in Vaduz as Konstantinos Fortounis and Anastasios Donis delivered the strikes. The first came at the stroke of halftime, brilliantly volleying a laser beam delivery from Dimitrios Kourbelis. The second came with 10 minutes to go with Donis firing home sealing the victory. It was elementary for the visitors, holding 73% possession and holding Liechtenstein without a single shot on target on just three total efforts.

Ireland topped Gibraltar 1-0 in Mick McCarthy’s first game back as manager. On a windy day at Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar, Ireland held 63% possession but could only manage three shots on target, picking up a 49th minute winner off the foot of Jeff Hendrick who came streaking down the middle to meet David McGoldrick’s cross from the left.

Sweden held off a late comeback from Romania to win 2-1 in Stockholm. Mainz striker Robin Quaison bagged the opener just past the half-hour mark with a wonderful touch on the outside of his foot at the near post. They doubled the lead through Victor Claesson just seven minutes later as Quaison’s cross was deflected right to his feet near the top of the box and he fired past Ciprian Tatarusanu. Romania scored just before the hour mark but it proved just a consolation as they couldn’t find an equalizer.

It was an elementary day for Switzerland who topped Georgia 2-0 behind second-half goals from Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria. Switzerland was dominant from start to finish, pumping off 25 shots with eight on target and holding the hosts to just a single shot on target among six total efforts.

RESULTS

Spain 2-1 Norway
Italy 2-0 Finland
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2-1 Armenia
Lichtenstein 0-2 Greece
Gibraltar 0-1 Republic of Ireland
Sweden 2-1 Romania
Georgia 0-2 Switzerland
Malta 2-1 Faroe Islands

Crystal Palace ease to victory at Burnley (video)

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  • Zaha, Batshuayi, Bardsley (OG) for Palace
  • Burnley lose second-straight game
  • Eagles on 33 points

Crystal Palace beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday, as the Eagles continue to soar towards midtable.

A Phil Bardsley own goal put Palace ahead and second half goals from Michy Batshuayi and Wilfried Zaha sealed the victory. Ashley Barnes scored a consolation in stoppage time.

With the win Palace move on to 33 points, while Burnley are on 30 points.

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The Eagles took the lead early on as Wilfried Zaha found Jeffrey Schlupp at the back post and his ball back towards goal was knocked into his own net by Bardsley.

Wayne Hennessey then made a fine save to deny Chris Wood as Burnley cranked through the gears and put Palace under serious pressure.

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Jeff Hendrick then had a volley blocked as Burnley pushed hard to get back into the game.

Plenty of tackles were flying in as players from both teams piled in during a major flash point right on half time.

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At the start of the second half Palace doubled their lead in fine fashion. Aaron Wan Bissaka raced down the right and delivered a perfect cross for Batshuayi to hammer home his second goal in his last three Palace games.

Burnley piled the pressure on Palace, as Barnes missed from close range but the Eagles were happy to deal with plenty of long balls and crosses into their box.

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On the break Schlupp and Basthuayi both went close for Palace, and Zaha finished the job with a fine low finish to make it 3-0.

Barnes scored a consolation and Peter Crouch went close moments later, but Palace were more than worthy of the three points.

Roy Hodgson‘s men are now looking to break into the top 10 after three wins in their last five games.

Burnley stun Tottenham on Kane’s return (video)

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  • Burnley 8 games unbeaten
  • Kane scores on his return form injury
  • Controversy over two goals
  • Barnes scores late winner for Burnley
  • Burnley’s longest top-flight unbeaten run since 1966

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, as Harry Kane scored on his return from injury but it wasn’t enough to salvage anything for Spurs.

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The first two goals arrived in controversial fashion in the second half as Chris Wood headed home from a corner which shouldn’t have been awarded, then Kane latched onto a long throw from Danny Rose which was taken from the wrong position.

Then Serge Aurier failed to clear and that led to Ashley Barnes scoring the winner, with Spurs’ faint title hopes taking a huge hit after four wins on the spin put them back in contention.

With the win — one of their best-ever in the Premier League — Burnley move on to 30 for the season and are now six clear of the relegation zone, while Spurs remain in third as Mauricio Pochettino‘s missed the chance to reduce the deficit to the top of the table to just two points.

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Burnley put plenty of pressure on Spurs early on but the first big chance of the game came for Spurs and Kane. The returning forward danced past several Burnley players but then dragged his shot wide.

Tottenham pushed their way into the game and came close from set piece situations before half time.

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Christian Eriksen forced Tom Heaton into a comfortable save down low as the game got going, with Ashley Barnes whipping a wonderful effort just over the bar at the other end.

Heung-Min Son went close for Spurs but Burnley’s defense blocked well as there was little between the teams at the interval.

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At the start of the second half Heaton made a wonderful stop to deny Kane who rifled an effort towards the top corner from 25 yards out.

Just as Tottenham were on top, Burnley took the lead. A corner from the left (which Jan Vertonghen debated) was met by Wood and via a combination of his head and shoulder the ball went in after hitting the crossbar. Despite Pochettino’s complaints, the goal stood.

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But Spurs weren’t behind for long as their talisman marked his return from injury with a crucial goal. A quick throw-in from Danny Rose (taken from 10 yards ahead of where it should have been) caught out Burnley’s defense and Kane controlled, held off defenders and finished superbly to make it 1-1.

Jeff Hendrick flashed an effort wide and Dwight McNeil forced Hugo Lloris into a smart stop, as both teams went for the win late on. And it was Burnley who found the hammer blow as Barnes tapped in at the back post after Aurier dallied on the ball and Johann Berg Gudmundsson delivered the assist.

After all of their hard work to get back in the title race without Kane and Dele Alli, this was so Spursy.

Heaton, Wood take Burnley out of drop zone (video)

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  • Wood scores pair as Burnley opens up 2-0 lead
  • Chaotic sequence ends with Clarets penalty
  • Brighton has 67 percent possession, 16-9 advantage in shots

Chris Wood scored two goals and Burnley pushed its unbeaten Premier League run to seven games with an entertaining 3-1 defeat of Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Ashley Barnes had a goal and an assist, winning and converting a controversial penalty kick for the Clarets’ third goal.

Burnley’s win moves the Clarets out of the drop zone with 27 points, the same figure as Brighton.

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Brighton’s first chance came through a Solly March header tipped over the bar by Tom Heaton, who made a fine save off the ensuing corner when Pascal Gross lashed on frame.

Brighton’s Shane Duffy blocked a 17th minute Dwight McNeil effort off the cross bar, and Ashley Barnes couldn’t deposit the rebound with a headed shot.

Heaton made an outstanding reaction save on March when picked out by Jurgen Locadia in the 24th.

Wood put Burnley ahead 90 seconds later, as the New Zealand striker took advantage of a slipping Shane Duffy to run onto a hopeful Ashley Barnes cross and hit the ball past Mat Ryan.

Heaton made a edge-of-glove save on Gross in the 43rd, and Jeff Hendrick cleared the German’s header off the line as the first half hit stoppage time.

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Wood added a second as the clock hit 61, darting down the left to pick up McNeil’s pass and finish across Ryan’s goal.

Then, chaos.

Brighton should’ve been awarded a penalty for a handball at one end, and the counter attack saw Barnes hit the deck after trying to dribble Ryan in the box. Was he clipped? Possibly.

Barnes converted clinically, and it was 3-0.

Duffy then nodded a long free kick past Heaton with 15 minutes to play.

Own goals gift Burnley big win over Fulham (video)

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  • Schurrle scores 2nd minute masterpiece (video)
  • Fulham produces two own goals in three minutes
  • Clarets win third-straight (West Ham, Huddersfield, Fulham)

Burnley inspired a pair of Fulham own goals to come back for a 2-1 defeat of Fulham at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The win gives the Clarets three-straight, and pushes them three points clear of the drop zone.

Andre Schurrle scored a beautiful goal for the Cottagers, who tossed aside the lead and remains 19th with 14 points. That’s five points behind 17th place.

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Denis Odoi set up Schurrle for the opener, though it may be generous to call the very decent pass a set up considering the German’s work in crafting a beauty.

Schurrle’s perfect run settled Odoi’s arrow over the top of the Burnley defense with one touch before taking the ball off the volley and sending Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton in shoulder shrug country. A stunner.

But Fulham gave that goal back and then another for good measure, both via own goals. Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick inspired the first with a 20th minute blast that turned off Joe Bryan and past Sergio Rico, and three minutes later it was 2-1 when Odoi.

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Lucas Vietto was in prime position to level the score in the 51st minute after Aleksandar Mitrovic won a header into his path. He beat Heaton, but James Tarkowski somehow kept the ball away from goal with a prone and fortunate goal line clearance.

Chris Wood took a knockdown from Ashley Barnes and hit just over the bar, the advantage staying at one.

At the other end, Vietto’s cross through the box took a deflection wide for a corner kick and Tim Ream‘s header across goal was absent receiver.