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Egyptian winger gets new Premier League life with Huddersfield

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Ramadan Sobhi is celebrating the start of his World Cup with a new club.

The 21-year-old Egyptian left wing is leaving Stoke City to Huddersfield Town, a deal which will net the relegated Potters approximately $7.6 million.

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Sobhi has 26 caps and a goal for the Pharoahs, and will likely start across the field from Mohamed Salah in the Egypt attack.

His time at Stoke included two goals and two assists over 41 appearances, his minutes escalating by 400 in Year No. 2.

Sobhi added a goal and an assist in five Cup games. Here’s David Wagner, via HTAFC.com:

“Just as Jonas Lössl, Elias Kachunga and Laurent Depoitre did, Ramadan will join our club on the back of a challenging season. However, he already has a lot of the qualities that we look for in our ‘Terriers Identity’; he’s skillful, direct and very quick-thinking. He still has a lot of space to improve too, which is very exciting!

“We’re looking forward to working hard with Ramadan on the training pitch to give him every chance of success at Huddersfield Town.”

Town struggled to get offense from anywhere last season, scoring the joint-fewest goals in the Premier League last season (Swans, 28).

Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace: Potters relegated, Eagles safe

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  • Stoke relegated from PL after 10-year stay
  • Palace secure PL safety with win
  • McArthur, van Aanholt seal comeback win

Stoke City have been relegated from the Premier League after they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Potters (who are on a club-record 13 PL games without a win) led through Xherdan Shaqiri‘s free kick but second half goals from James McArthur and Patrick Van Aanholt not only secured Palace’s Premier League safety but also sent Stoke down.

With the win Palace move into 11th place on 41 points, while Stoke remain second bottom on 30 points.

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Stoke pressed Palace back early on, urged on by the home fans, but the Potters failed to settle into a rhythm.

Palace had the first big chance of the game as the ball found in-form Zaha on the right side of the box but his shot across goal was wide of the far post.

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Stoke then had a decent chance as Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross was headed wide by Mame Biram Diouf, while at the other end Ruben Loftus-Cheek curled just wide.

Just beforre half time Stoke took the lead as Loftus-Cheek bundled over Shaqiri and from the resulting free kick the Swiss winger curled home a fine free kick (via a slick deflection off the wall) into the top corner to put the Potters 1-0 up.

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Palace did plenty of pressing at the start of the second half with Zaha and Townsend seeing plenty of the ball and Stoke sat back.

The inevitable equalizer arrived as Ramadan Sobhi gave the ball away, Palace broke and Zaha played it too Loftus-Cheek who played in McArthur to roll home. 1-1.

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Late on Stoke surged forward in search of a winner and left plenty of gaps for Palace to counter into.

Zaha smashed an effort way over after Townsend found him in the box unmarked and then came the killer blow.

Ryan Shawcross tried to clear but played in van Aanholt to slot home and seal Stoke’s fate and secure Palace’s PL survival.

Cue tears at the final whistle from Stoke’s players and fans.

PL roundup: Race for 2nd gets tight; Swans’ sad song

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Get caught up on all eight of the Premier League’s Boxing Day fixtures…

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Liverpool 5-0 Swansea CityFULL RECAP

No team in the PL (this side of Manchester City’s rabid pursuit of an unbeaten 38-game season) routinely overwhelms and engulfs opponents so casually as Liverpool. They did it to Arsenal last Friday (before giving it all back in five minutes’ time), just as they did to the Gunners back in August, just as they did it to a hopeless, destined-for-relegation (20th place, five points adrift of safety) Swansea side on Tuesday. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino (twice), Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged the goals and extended the Reds’ unbeaten run to 11 PL games (seven wins). More importantly, due to another result in the northwest of England, Jurgen Klopp‘s side is now just five points back of second-place Manchester United. The gap between second and sixth is now just nine points, and would shrink to six if Arsenal beat Crystal Palace on Thursday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 SouthamptonFULL RECAP

Harry Kane‘s calendar year of 2017, following Tuesday’s hat trick:

  • 39 PL goals (in 36 games) — top PL scorer in a calendar year
  • 8 hat tricks (all competitions)
  • 6 PL hat tricks — five more than any other player
  • 1st player since David Villa (2009) to score more goals than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a calendar year

For those keeping track at home, he’s now just seven short of the century mark in the PL — his stated goal for the 2017-18 season — and the ETA isn’t moving forward in weeks anymore, but months instead.

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionFULL RECAP

Somehow, Chelsea appear to be the side to which no one is paying much attention right now — with the headlines being dominated Man United’s failed challenge to Man City, and the three-way battle for fourth, it would appear being comfortably the third- (coming for second-)best team in the PL this season is a bit of a non-story for some. Alas, Antonio Conte‘s side is cruising right along and moved to four games unbeaten with a comfortable victory over Brighton on Tuesday. Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso got the goals, and the Blues now trail United by just a single point for second.

Manchester United 2-2 BurnleyFULL RECAP

In an attempt to distract the public from his side’s failed PL title bid, Jose Mourinho, who this summer became the first manager in world football history to spend 1 billion pounds on players throughout his managerial career, has taken issue with the way Man City have gone about spending to build arguably the best squad in PL history. This, of course, occurred only moments after United came back from 2-0 down to draw Burnley at Old Trafford. Mourinho remains as predictable as his sides are expensive and stodgy.

Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham UnitedFULL RECAP

Bournemouth and West Ham began the day in 18th and 17th place, respectively, and that’s exactly where the two sides finished after a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Vitality Stadium. The game swing back and forth for the whole of 90 minutes, as the Hammers went 1-0 ahead early on, the Cherries responded and jumped out to a 2-1 lead then fell 3-2 behind, and the points were ultimately split following a controversial, 92nd-minute equalizer.

Watford 2-1 Leicester City — FULL RECAP

Watford’s bid for a top-half finish got a big boost on Tuesday, as Marco Silva‘s 10th-place side beat Claude Puel‘s 8th-place Leicester City at Vicarage Road and snapped a four-game losing skid that saw the Hornets drop from top-six contention down to the double-digit places. Leicester went ahead through Riyad Mahrez in the 37th minute, but Molla Wague equalized just before halftime and Kasper Schmeichel scored an own goal in the 65th. When you’ve lost four in a row, you’ll take a victory any way you can get it.

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Stoke City — FULL RECAP

Speaking of top-half dreams — no, not Stoke — 11th-place Huddersfield dropped a pair of points against relegation-threatened Stoke. Tom Ince put David Wagner‘s Terriers ahead after just 10 minutes, but Ramadan Sobhi equalized for the Potters right on the hour mark. At this point of the season, both sides will take every point they can get as the march toward 40 continues.

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Everton — FULL RECAP

After a torrid start to the season, Everton are suddenly seven games unbeaten in the PL (four wins) and miles clear (up to 9th) of the relegation zone. Who says “the Sam Allardyce effect” isn’t real? Speaking of which, that’s back-to-back 0-0 draws for the Toffees — against Chelsea, and now West Brom. 18 games without a win for West Brom.

Huddersfield 1-1 Stoke City: Sobhi snares point

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  • Sobhi scores 2nd PL goal in four days
  • Ince nets first PL goal since Feb. 2014
  • Stoke moves 13th

Ramadan Sobhi‘s equalizer snagged a point for Stoke City against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday.

Tom Ince scored for Huddersfield Town, which sits 11th with 23 points. That’s three points ahead of 13th place Stoke.

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Ince released his goal-scoring frustration by belting Collin Quaner‘s cut back into the goal, as the Premier League’s leader in shots without a goal saw his fate change early.

Jonas Lossl did his part to keep it 1-0 at the other end, as Town cleared the ball off the line at least two if not three times depending on how you qualify your chances.

A spectacular offering from Steve Mounie almost doubled Town’s advantage after halftime, with his overhead kick heading over the frame.

Town had the better of the chances at the game’s second goal, but Sobhi’s the one who found it. Joe Allen played a ball behind the backs and the Egyptian leveled the score.

Referee Anthony Taylor resisted the urge to call a penalty for Town when Aaron Mooy was taken down by Allen.

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Stoke City 3-1 West Brom: Potters grab huge win

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  • Stoke stop run of three-straight defeats
  • West Brom are currently on longest ever winless streak, no win in 19
  • Joe Allen bags goal, assist

Stoke City battled to a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Potters raced into a 2-0 lead at half time thanks to Joe Allen and Erik Choupo-Moting but Salmon Rondon made it 2-1 and despite plenty of pressure from the Baggies, Ramadan Sobhi scored late on to seal the three points.

Stoke move up to 14th place on 19 points, while West Brom remain second from bottom with Alan Pardew yet to win a game in charge.

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The Potters took the lead early on as Allen scored his first goal since February. USMNT man Geoff Cameron won the ball in central midfield and Choupo-Moting’s shot was blocked but fell into the path of Peter Crouch who crossed for Allen to finish. 1-0.

That opener eased the nerves for Stoke but Salmon Rondon twice went close as he first missed an absolute sitter but was deemed to be offside, and then Jack Butland denied the Venezuelan international with a fine stop down low.

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Right on half time Choupo-Moting doubled Stoke’s lead as he latched onto Allen’s pass, the calmly rounded Ben Foster to slot home.

2-0. Too easy for Stoke.

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It was way too easy for West Brom to get back into the game at the start of the second half as a long ball over the top from  of Stoke’s defense found Rondon and he slotted home to make it 2-1. Game on.

The home fans grew increasingly nervous in the second half as Butland kept out Jonny Evans and Jay Rodriguez, plus Mame Diouf should have done put the game to bed for Stoke but Foster denied him.

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Stoke did score in stoppage time as Ramadan made the most of Foster coming up for a set piece and the Egyptian slotted into an empty net to send Stoke’s fans wild.