Familiar names Bafetimbi Gomis and Sebastian Giovinco are now Asian Champions League winners after Al-Hilal outlasted Urawa Red Diamonds 2-0 Sunday, giving the Saudi Arabia club its third ACL title with a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Gomis (goal) and Giovinco (assist) were involved in the scoring, with the latter setting up Saudi Arabia international Salem Al-Dawsari for the opener.
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It’s Al-Hilal’s first crown since 2000, the Saudi side re-joining Pohang Steelers as the most successful club in the competition.
Japanese side Urawa was bidding to win its third title and second in three years.
Former Watford man Andre Carrillo scored in the 1-0 first leg.
- Swans win Carvalhal’s debut
- Watford led 1-0 into 85th
- Ayew, Narsingh score late
Luciano Narsingh was on the doorstep to poke home a late rebound as Swansea City came back to beat Watford 2-1 in Carlos Carvalhal’s first match as Swans manager.
Andre Carrillo put Watford ahead at Vicarage Road, but the Hornets found another way to lose when Jordan Ayew and Narsingh both scored in the final five minutes.
Swansea is in 19th place with 16 points, just two back of safety, while Watford’s 25 points have them 10th.
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It didn’t take long for new boss Carlos Carvalhal to feel what Paul Clement, Bob Bradley, and Francesco Guidolin have felt: concession.
Richarlison forced Lukasz Fabianski into a save, but Carrillo was right there to deposit the rebound for 1-0 after 11 minutes.
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Molla Wague looked to have a goal in his second-straight match, but his headed goal was nullified by a borderline foul in the 18.
And Richarlison cued up Andre Gray for a late 1v1 that he cranked directly at Fabianski.
That’s about when Swans started Hornets heads spinning, with Ayew tapped in from Oliver McBurnie‘s assist and Narsingh passing a rebound home four minutes later.
The world had to wait for 10 a.m. ET to see any Premier League action, and Danny Drinkwater made it worth its patience.
The ex-Leicester man has produced an outstanding goal amongst a trio of Chelsea goals against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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Chelsea 3-0 Stoke City
Drinkwater’s wonderful outside of the boot goal is sandwiched between Antonio Rudiger and Pedro goals at Stamford Bridge.
Watford 1-0 Swansea City
Andre Carrillo reaped the rewards of a Richarlison rebound, as the Hornets are showing new Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal the size of his challenge.
Liverpool 0-1 Leicester City
Entertainment to the maximum, with a disallowed Sadio Mane goal for offside coming the closest to leveling Jamie Vardy‘s opener.
Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
The two promoted side look very much like the adjective at St. James’ Park.
Bournemouth 1-0 Everton
Ryan Fraser has a goal off a Joshua King cross, and Big Sam’s Toffees are down a goal at the Vitality Stadium.
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burnley
Not much cooking at the John Smith’s Stadium, though the Clarets look better money to open the scoring away from home.