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Jorginho, Sarri debut with easy Chelsea win

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  • Winning start for Sarri
  • Willian, Morata, Pedro start
  • Hazard assist as sub

N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Pedro scored as Chelsea scored a convincing 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town in the Premier League for Maurizio Sarri.

Eden Hazard had an assist off the bench for the Blues at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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Alvaro Morata was ruled offside on a 4th minute chance which could’ve put the hosts in an early bind.

While Chelsea was predictably in business, it was Town coming close through a laser over goal. And by the half hour mark the match felt very much up for grabs.

Saying that, it was Kante who made the grab. Seemingly playing in a slightly more advanced role under Maurizio Sarri, he latched onto Willian’s cross and bounced an effort over Ben Hamer.

Marcos Alonso won a penalty in the 44th minute, as Schindler got his foot on the Spanish back’s foot. Jorginho rolled his spot kick into the goal for 2-0.

Pedro scored the lone goal of the second half minutes after Eden Hazard subbed into the fray, taking a feed from the Belgian to score his 21st Premier League goal.

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Vincent Janssen to join Fenerbahce; Costa deal off

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Vincent Janssen‘s nightmare at Tottenham Hotspur is over. At least for one season.

Janssen, 23, has joined Turkish side Fenerbahce on a season-long loan deal after being told by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino that he was not part of his first team plans.

This move means that Diego Costa’s potential switch to Fenerbache is off as the manager of the Turkish giants had previously stated that the Chelsea striker may join on a short-term loan with talks ongoing but has since said the “outcome is negative for now” over the wantaway Spanish international joining.

Why are transfer still happening in Turkey? Their transfer window closes on Friday and Janssen flew to Istanbul to complete his medical and seal the move.

The Dutch international striker was left out of Spurs’ 25-man UEFA Champions League squad and turned down a Deadline Day move to newly-promoted Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion.

Understatement alert: Janssen’s goalscoring record since joining Spurs from AZ Alkmaar for $22.4 million last summer has been poor.

He has scored just two goals in the Premier League in 24 appearances, while he added four goals in 11 games in cup competitions. It is true that Janssen has been behind Harry Kane in the pecking order for the past 12 months but whenever he got a chance to start for Spurs he suffered some horrible misses and the pressure seemed too much for him to handle.

With a fresh start in Turkey he will play alongside his countryman Robin Van Persie and perhaps even another Spurs striker who struggled to find the back of the net, Roberto Soldado.

The majority of Tottenham’s fans wanted it to work out for Janssen but with Fernando Llorente arriving on Deadline Day from Swansea City it became abundantly clear that Kane has a new back-up and Janssen was surplus to requirements.

La Liga roundup: Villarreal fall from Spain’s unbeaten ranks

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Complacency cost Villarreal its unbeaten record in the Spanish league on Sunday after it conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 at Eibar.

Eibar fought back by scoring twice in the final 11 minutes to deal the visitors their first loss in La Liga this season.

Villarreal’s only defeat in 10 rounds left leader Real Madrid as the only undefeated team remaining in Spain’s top flight.

The setback also scuttled Villarreal’s opportunity to rise into the top four.

Villarreal had overcome a bumpy start to this campaign when it lost striker Roberto Soldado to a long-term knee injury, unexpectedly parted ways with coach Marcelino Garcia, and lost a Champions League playoff.

But once the team settled in under new coach Fran Escriba, it won five matches and drew four in the league, including a 1-1 tie at Madrid.

“It’s a bad day, but we have to accept that this is part of competition,” Escriba said after the Eibar loss. “It bothers us, but we have to turn the page. The best thing we can do is think about winning the next match.”

Bruno Soriano gave Villarreal the 41st-minute lead when he converted a penalty following a foul on Nicola Sansone committed by Florian Lejeune in the area.

Villarreal didn’t press for a second goal, apparently confident it could protect the advantage.

But Eibar defender Ivan Ramis controlled a pass by Lejeune with his chest before firing it past goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo to make it 1-1 in the 80th.

Pedro Leon then finished off a counterattack from a pass by Sergi Enrich to complete the comeback with three minutes left.

Villarreal fell into fifth place, two points behind Sevilla in fourth.

An acrobatic goal by Kevin-Prince Boateng capped Las Palmas’ second-half comeback from three goals down to split the points in an entertaining draw with 10-man Celta Vigo.

The former AC Milan player charged forward, extended his right leg and used the outside of his boot to score off Michel Macedo’s cross in the 68th.

Celta roared to a 3-0 lead on two goals by Iago Aspas after Daniel Wass struck from a free kick.

Aspas’ first goal was set up by an excellent pass by Pione Sisto, who pushed the ball behind two defenders for Aspas to chip over on-rushing goalkeeper Raul Lizoain from a tight angle.

Aspas added another goal in the 21st from an assist by Fabian Orellana, who left shortly after due to injury.

Pedro Bigas started Las Palmas’ rally with a header after halftime.

Jonathan Viera converted a penalty following a foul by Sergi Gomez that earned the Celta defender a sending-off with a second booking.

Athletic Bilbao was left to rue the faulty finishing in its 1-1 draw with Osasuna at San Mames Stadium.

Raul Garcia headed in Bilbao’s equalizer in the 28th to cancel out an opening goal by Oriol Riera. But Mikel Rico and Inaki Williams missed opportunities in the final minutes to break the stalemate.

“We leveled quickly, which was the hard part,” Rico said. “And we had some clear chances, but the ball just didn’t want to go in.”

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez made a superb reflex save to ensure Espanyol earned its second win of the season and moved away from the relegation zone.

Lopez stretched to push German Pezzella’s powerful pointblank header onto the bar deep in stoppage time as Espanyol beat Real Betis 1-0.

Defender Diego Reyes headed in Espanyol’s goal in the 63rd.

Roberto Soldado’s misfortunes continue with torn ACL

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Since his monstrous 2012/13 La Liga campaign that earned him a move to the Premier League, Roberto Soldado‘s career has slid in a continuous downward fashion.

His time at Tottenham was short, marred by miserable finishing that left him with just seven Premier League goals in two seasons. He moved back to Spain with Villarreal, but managed just five goals in 28 appearances last season. Now, with Villareal gearing up for a run in the Champions League, he finds himself on the sidelines for the forseeable future.

The 31-year-old suffered a torn ACL in a preseason friendly against fellow La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna on Tuesday.

Obviously the injury is terrible news for Soldado, who finds himself sidelined for at least six months and at the worst might never be the same player again. It’s also a horrible turn of events for Villarreal, who have just a single healthy striker at the moment in new signing Alexandre Pato.

“I fell and got up. And now, more than ever, I’ll try harder,” Soldado said via social media. “It begins a difficult period but my motivation is even greater. To work, keep doing everything for the team and give my all to be soon on the pitch giving everything for this shirt as I have always done. I count on your support!”

While Soldado’s goal count was again less than impressive, he fed strike partner Cedric Bakambu on multiple occasions as the two became dangerous up front. Now, Soldado’s knee is under the knife, and Bakambu is struggling with his own foot injury, one that will keep him out for at least the Champions League playoff against Monaco which begins next weekend.

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal: Sturridge sends Liverpool to Europa League final

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For Liverpool in Europe, there’s just no place like home.

Back to Anfield down 1-0 to Villarreal in the Europa League semifinals, they turned the matchup on its head with a 2-0 win that sent the Reds to the finals in Switzerland. It’s their fifth straight win at home in European play, and the club is undefeated at Anfield in Europe since October of 2014.

The hosts were on the front foot from wire to wire, and who else but Daniel Sturridge provided the winner, a 63rd minute strike on a wonderful link-up with Roberto Firmino. Adam Lallana put the game away with 10 minutes to go, sending the Reds through.

Both sides looked as if they came to play, but Liverpool appeared the most dangerous, and they were rewarded just seven minutes in. A cross from Nathaniel Clyne was tipped by Villareal goalkeeper Alphonse Arreola and fell straight to Roberto Firmino on the far side. He popped back across the face of goal, and while Sturridge inexplicably whiffed with his sliding chance from point-blank range, his effort put off defender Bruno just behind him, and the ball skipped in off the defender’s hip for an own-goal.

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The visitors appeared rattled by the opening goal, and with Liverpool pressing they nearly doubled the lead five minutes later. The ball finally cleared by Villareal, a wonderful tackle by Dejan Lovren prevented a counter and sent it back at them. James Milner threaded Adam Lallana through past the back line, but the England international put his off-balance effort just wide of the far post.

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Things got chippy past the half-hour mark, with the atmosphere tense. Roberto Soldado went down dramatically after Clyne brushed the back of his head which earned Clyne a caution. Denis Suarez was also lucky to not earn himself a card as well for a few hard challenges.

Following the halftime break, Liverpool came back out on top, with James Milner getting a big chance five minutes in, only to have his shot blocked straight to Areola.

As the Reds continued to push forward, they went two up and into the ascendency in the two-legged tie. A cross by Lallana deflected up front to Firmino, and he expertly unlocked the Villarreal defense sending Sturridge through, and the frontman slotted it home.

It would get worse for Villarreal as Ruiz earned his second yellow with 19 minutes to go as he felled Lallana on the edge of the box, picking up his second yellow and earning an early exit. Liverpool would capitalize, with Firmino cutting back to Sturridge in the box. The striker put a weak effort on net, but it bobbled to Lallana who spun and poked home with the outside of his foot to go 3-0 up and secure the result. Jurgen Klopp brought on Joe Allen for the final 10 minutes, and the hosts locked things down.

The Reds will take on defending champions Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 18 after the Spanish club took down Ukranian giants Shakhtar Donetsk 5-3 on aggregate.