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Belgium beats England through Januzaj

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Belgium slipped past England via a gorgeous Adnan Januzaj goal, his first for the national team, as the Red Devils clinched Group G with a 1-0 win on Thursday.

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The Red Devils will play Japan in Rostov-on-Don on Monday, while England meets Colombia on Tuesday.

Januzaj ripped a shot inside the far post.

Of the couple dozen shots in the match, evenly-distributed, there were precious few very good chances.

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VIDEO: Januzaj scores beauty, Batshuayi batters himself for Belgium

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Ex-Red Devil Adnan Januzaj has scored for the other Red Devils against England.

Go figure.

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The former England hopeful, now a Belgian international, scored a pearler in Kaliningrad on Thursday, giving Belgium a 1-0 lead over the Three Lions.

Make sure you closely monitor the activities of one Michy Batshuayi after the goal. You’ll thank us later.

Ka-pow!

Adnan Januzaj finds a new home in La Liga

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Once one of the golden prospects in the game and the subject of a high-profile recruitment war between national teams, Adnan Januzaj is leaving Manchester United.

Januzaj is off to Real Sociedad for a reported $12.7 million.

The 22-year-old scored four goals in 35 matches before his 19th birthday, but has since struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.

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He issued the following statement on his Twitter account.

Januzaj spent loan stints at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, scoring just one goal in the 2015-16 League Cup.

He was last called up by Belgium in 2014, a year in which he earned six caps.

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland: Gray hat trick drubs Black Cats

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  • Gray nets hat trick
  • Barnes adds PK
  • Defoe ruins clean sheet

Andre Gray and Burnley emphatically defeated Sunderland to move nine points clear of the drop zone with a 4-1 win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Ashley Barnes added a penalty as Burnley moved to 23 points.

Jermain Defoe scored a consolation goal for Sunderland, which remains 18th with 14 points.

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Burnley had some early chances, with Ashley Barnes tempting goal even before his mate atop the 4-4-2 found the back of the goal.

Gray hit his shot through Vito Mannone, whose arm merely got a piece of the ball after John O'Shea and Papy Djilobodji both went for a 50-50 long ball with Barnes, allowing Gray unfettered access to the Sunderland goal.

 

Gray made it 2-0 after the break, busting through Djilobodji’s pullback to move around Mannone and push a long pass home. It wasn’t long before he sealed his hat trick, Burnley snaring the ball off a Steven Pienaar slip and Gray stroking home on the break.

Sebastian Larsson chopped down Canadian international Scott Arfield in the box, and Barnes converted the PK to make it 4-0.

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Defoe pulled one back for Sunderland in the 71st minute off an inch-perfect feed from Adnan Januzaj.

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Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea: Blues make it 10-straight PL wins

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  • Blues go six clear of second place
  • Fabregas, Willian combine for goal
  • Black Cats remain dead last

Late heroics from Thibaut Courtois made it tight for Chelsea, who largely controlled a 1-0 win at Sunderland by virtue of a Willian and Cesc Fabregas produced first half goal at the Stadium of Light.

The win moves Antonio Conte‘s Blues six points clear of second- and third-placed Arsenal and Liverpool. They’ve won 10-straight in the Premier League.

Sunderland remains dead last, with 11 points.

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Though Chelsea quickly established itself in a chippy match, it was Adnan Januzaj who drew gasps from the crowd with a near miss from 17 yards in the 26th minute.

Diego Costa mishit a tremendous low cross from Marcos Alonso a moment later.

Fabregas put the Blues ahead about five minutes before the break, curving a classy low finish home after a 1-2 with Willian.

Januzaj stayed lively in the second half, forcing a strong left leg save from Thibaut Courtois still inside the first hour of play, and Victor Anichebe had a late chance well defended by the Blues.

Courtois then flew through the air to stop Patrick Van Aanholt deep into stoppage time, a fine save on one of Sunderland’s best.

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