Goal burst leads West Ham past Crystal Palace

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  • Chicharito goal, assist
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West Ham United scores three goals for the third-straight time, extending its win streak to three matches with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday at the London Stadium.

Felipe Anderson, Javier Hernandez, and Robert Snodgrass scored for West Ham, now 10th with 21 points.

James McArthur and Jeff Schlupp scored for Palace, who has 12 points and sits two points above the drop zone.

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Palace took a lead after just seven minutes, when Patrick Van Aanholt‘s free kick was headed into the path of McArthur. His low shot was enough for 1-0.

West Ham had a lot of the ball, but little danger. Lucas Perez volleyed wide, and Felipe Anderson hit a fine cross that found no receiver as the Irons looked to level the score before halftime (to no avail).

You’d call Snodgrass’ second half equalizer well-deserved, as the in-form Scottish midfielder beat Wayne Hennessey with a swerving left-footed shot.

West Ham kept moving forward, with Pablo Zabaleta hitting a shot wide of goal.

The Irons took their first lead when Hennessey saved Felipe Anderson’s free kick and only primo poached Chicharito followed up the rebound, blasting it into the goal.

And it was 3-1 when Chicharito cued up Anderson for a goal that had been coming his way.

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Chicharito scores twice, heats up as West Ham begins nice run of fixtures

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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez had some kind of day on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

West Ham United’s Mexican forward scored a pair of goals sandwiched around two flubbed, straight-forward chances as the Irons beat Newcastle United 3-0.

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Hernandez, 30, made a perfectly-timed run into his office to nod an opener past Martin Dubravka before bursting onto a Marko Arnautovic flick for his second.

That goal was a marvel, the strong El Tri star roasting Fabian Schar before hitting a hard low shot into the goal.

It was a rare start for Hernandez, who said he’s had to relax and wait for his turn atop the attack.

From the BBC:

“I know I am doing well on the training ground. I have been patient. In this world when you have confidence it is easier to perform like I did today. I missed two but we did a good job, my team-mates.

“We have a big squad, with people waiting for an opportunity. We have another opportunity at home next up.”

Here’s Pellegrini:

“We arrive with the World Cup and Javier (Hernandez) was five weeks ill. It is not easy to recover his best moment but he is a scorer. When I start with him today because before that he could not play a complete game. I am happy for him.”

Felipe Anderson also scored for the Irons, who move into 13th place with 15 points. This is part of a promising run of fixtures of Pellegrini’s men, who next host Cardiff City and Crystal Palace before visiting Fulham and returning home for Watford before trips to Southampton and Burnley.

Chicharito brace leads West Ham at Newcastle

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  • Two goals for Chicharito
  • Newcastle out-attempts WHUFC 16-7
  • West Ham goes 13th
  • End of NUFC’s three-match win streak

Javier Hernandez scored a pair of goals to lead West Ham United to a 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Felipe Anderson added a third goal in stoppage time to give the Irons their second away win of the season.

Both teams started the day with 12 points, and West Ham is up to 13th with the win.

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The Irons led after 11 minutes of play, with Robert Snodgrass‘ right wing cross meeting the well-timed run of El Tri poached Hernandez for 1-0.

Newcastle came close to scoring via free kick, a sweeping left-footed cross from Matt Ritchie headed to West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski from Ayoze Perez.

The Spaniard missed a header in the 27th minute, and badly flubbed a stoppage time chance before Pablo Zabaleta slid to block an in-tight Salmon Rondon chance.

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Chicharito missed two golden chances to make it 2-0, losing a Marko Arnautovic square pass in his feet before firing a 1v1 chance wide of Martin Dubravka‘s near post.

Fabian Schar won a corner when Perez slipped him deep into the right side of the box, but his shot was saved for a corner by Fabianski.

Instead, Chicharito made it 2-0 in the 64th when he perfectly timed his run to meet a headed flick from Arnautovic before beating Fabianski to the near post.

Mohamed Diame could reach a chance to make it 2-0 in the 66th.

Dubravka then stymied a Felipe Anderson breakaway.

Newcastle kept trying to find a way back, with missed crosses and low-percentage shots telling most of the story.

AT HALF: Chicharito on the board, Bournemouth level at Man City

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There are goals in all five 10 a.m. ET kickoffs, including a stunner at Leicester City and two red cards.

Man City 1-1 Bournemouth – NBCSN [STREAM]

Bernardo Silva‘s early goal was answered by Callum Wilson before halftime as the Cherries are hanging with the hosts.

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

It’s level at the John Smith’s Stadium, where Mathias Jorgensen put the Terriers ahead in the first minute. His teammate Steve Mounie took a red card in the 32nd and Shane Duffy restored level terms for Brighton before the break.

Leicester City 2-0 Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

A Jamie Vardy penalty and marvelous juggling goal from James Maddison have the Foxes holding the Hornets down.

Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Javier Chicharito took one of West Ham’s few chances, and Ayoze Perez has missed several chances to level the score at St. James’ Park.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

The Eagles are deservedly ahead of lowly Burnley, with James McArthur‘s 16th minute the only goal as Palace is out-attempting the Clarets 9-0.

Star-studded video has players campaigning for FIFA ratings

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FIFA19 is going to hit video game consoles everywhere later this month, and EA Sports has captured players discussing their ratings the same way we do.

I, for one, am still stung by Jamaal Lascelles‘ FIFA rating of 76 last season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Lloris, and most hilariously Casemiro make appearances in this promo video, which also features Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne making a “public statement” asking for higher ratings on behalf of all players.

It’s an entertaining watch, for sure.

EA also released the 100th to 81st ranked players in the game, including Riyad Mahrez (99), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (98), Raheem Sterling (97), and Virgil Van Dijk (82).

By the way, Fabinho ranked 85 despite not being able to get in Liverpool’s team is something else.