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Rondon roars as opportunistic Newcastle tops Terriers

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  • Newcastle moves six clear of drop zone
  • Rondon finds winner from Manquillo
  • Terriers two points back of 17th

Salomon Rondon scored the lone goal as Newcastle United won its first match in four tries with a 1-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

It’s Rondon’s fourth goal in six games, as Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies move 14th. That’s six points ahead of 18th place, occupied by Huddersfield.

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A slow first quarter-hour, played in a downpour, ceded for a moment when Huddersfield Town keeper Jonas Lossl was injured reacting to a Christian Atsu dribble. Lossl stayed in the game.

Philip Billing went for goal on a long free kick, and the wet ball was poked over the goal by Martin Dubravka. A corner led to another corner, but nothing for the Terriers.

A quick free kick play for Newcastle led to Fabian Schar one-on-one with Lossl, but the keeper blocked the first effort and Schar passed the rebound to no avail.

Jamaal Lascelles saw yellow with an orangish high tackle on Laurent Depoitre in the 35th minute. Moments later, Terrence Kongolo’s tight angle rip was deflected, and collected by Dubravka.

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Both keepers made saves as Juninho Bacuna and Atsu traded low shots in the first 60 seconds of the second half.

Huddersfield had a good spell of possession, but Atsu again had the next dangerous moment as Lossl had to stop his first touch shot from close range.

Surprise! Newcastle took the lead completely against the run of play, stunning the John Smith’s Stadium when Ayoze Perez’s run down the right fed Javi Manquillo. The Spanish right back put an inch-perfect pass that Lossl couldn’t reach before Rondon.

Reports: Simeone nearing extension with Atletico Madrid through 2020

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The short-term news is that Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid is onto the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, and the long-term says that “Cholo” will be managing the club well into the future.

Tipped for nearly every big-name job on the market from Manchester City to Barcelona, Simeone is close to an extension to keep him at the Vicente Calderon until 2020.

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That also could just serve to make the buyout even higher should those suitors come calling.

Keeping Simeone would be a big win for Atletico Madrid, which is in fourth place in La Liga and alive in the UEFA Champions League despite selling Diego Costa and Felipe Luis to Chelsea and losing Thibaut Courtois to the Blues’ loan recall. Javi Manquillo’s been loaned to Liverpool and Toby Alderweireld to Southampton.

But ‘El Cholo’ plays on, and on.

Liverpool set to land Sevilla, Atletico Madrid backs to boost defense

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Both sides of Liverpool’s back line could be stronger and deeper soon, as Sky Sports is reporting the Reds are close to transfers for Atletico Madrid right back Javi Manquillo and Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno.

Liverpool’s 50 goals allowed in 2013/14 were the most of any Top 5 team, and manager Brendan Rodgers has already moved to address his defensive depth by signing Dejan Lovren from Southampton.

Moreno will cost a lot more than Manquillo, as the Sevilla back is tipped to cost in the neighborhood of $34 million while Manquillo’s move would begin as a loan that could eventually net Atleti $10 million.

Liverpool has spent loads of dough on attackers and wingers since selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but needed depth all around for their return to UEFA Champions League football. Lovren joined a corps that includes Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson, Jon Flanagan and Mamadou Sakho amongst others.

From Sky Sports:

Chief executive Ian Ayre has flown to Spain to try and complete the transfers, which would take Liverpool’s summer spending through the £100m barrier if completed.

The deal for Manquillo is reported to be a loan, possibly for two seasons, with a permanent deal worth in the region of £6m following at the end of that.

Moreno, who like Manquillo, has also been linked with Arsenal this summer, is expected to cost the Reds £20m.

Moreno, 22, scored thrice in 43 appearances for Sevilla in Spain and Europa League play last season, appearing once for the Spanish national team. The 20-year-old Manquillo has made just six appearances for Atletico. Both players are under 5-foot-9.

A lot of attention has been focused on how Liverpool would replace Suarez, but these moves would speak to what the Reds really need to make a title challenge in England. The Reds allowed 23 more goals than No. 3 Chelsea and 13 more than No. 1 Manchester City.