Huddersfield stuns Man City in scoreless draw

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  • City blanked for 2nd time this season
  • Town goes three clear of 17th
  • Champions get PL trophy
  • City move to 94 points

Huddersfield Town picked up a stunning clean sheet and point at Manchester City on Sunday, putting a small dark cloud of City’s Premier League trophy celebration at the Etihad Stadium.

For Man City, it’s the first time they’ve been shutout at home this Premier League season and the second time in all competitions (Wolves in the League Cup).

Huddersfield Town’s 36 points with two matches to play are three more than 16th place Swansea City and 17th place Southampton, who play each other in the run-in.

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Jonas Lossl and the Town defense were under pressure early, with David Silva forcing a save as Man City set up shop within five minutes of kickoff.

Town got a fine chance off a quickly-played free kick to Florent Hadergjonaj, but Ederson was able to get low on the Swiss back’s less than ideal effort.

That seemed to snap City back into the match, with Kevin De Bruyne coming within a yard of snapping Leroy Sane’s cut back inside the near post.

Town’s Alex Pritchard knuckled a shot toward goal in the 20th minute, and Ederson did well to tip it just past the post for a corner.

Man City was undoubtedly the dominant side in the second half, but could not break Town down. Bernardo Silva missed the far post in the 84th minute with a chance that had the Etihad Stadium crowd gasping in disappointment.

Scott Malone nearly stole a stoppage time win from City, but Ederson made a save during four minutes of stoppage time.

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Salah beats De Bruyne to win PFA Player of the Year award

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LONDON (AP) Mohamed Salah has been voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in English football in recognition of an incredible scoring return to the Premier League with Liverpool.

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The Egypt forward collected the Professional Footballers’ Association award at a ceremony in London on Sunday, two days before Liverpool’s Champions League semifinal first leg against Roma.

It is a reunion with the Italian club he left in the offseason for 42 million euros (then $47 million). The hefty fee appeared to be a gamble for Liverpool but now represents a real bargain.

The former Chelsea player has scored 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool – enabling him to beat Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in second place to the PFA award.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was third.

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“It’s a big honor,” Salah said. “I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it.”

Salah is preparing to lead Egypt into its first World Cup in 28 years and he is the first player from the North African nation to win English football’s top individual prize.

“Hopefully I’m not the last one,” he said. “I’m very proud to win and I’ve worked very hard.”

Salah’s impact has been more remarkable given his underwhelming 2014-15 season at Chelsea before being offloaded by then-manager Jose Mourinho. He went on loan to Fiorentina in early 2015 and Roma in 2016, and then on a permanent basis to Roma in August 2016.

Scoring 15 goals and setting up 11 more for Roma convinced Liverpool to bring Salah back to a second spell in England.

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His goal at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was his 31st in the league this season, tying the scoring record in a 38-game campaign held by Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Luis Suarez.

Suarez was the last Liverpool player to be crowned player of the year by the PFA in 2014 before moving to Barcelona.

It’s a sign of his remarkable impact that Salah secured the award with third-place Liverpool and that none of Manchester City’s newly crowned champions won the accolade.

But City winger Leroy Sane was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

The PFA women’s player award went to Chelsea forward Fran Kirby, while Lauren Hemp of Bristol City secured the young player prize.

How has PFA left this man off its Best XI?

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The Professional Footballers’ Association announced its Best XI on Wednesday without a lot of controversy.

PST editor Joe Prince-Wright covers his biggest “snubs” here, but there’s one in particular that drives me absolutely bonkers.

Here’s a hint: He’s the only one of the PFA’s nominees for Players’ Player of the Year to miss out on the XI.

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Watching Manchester City this season is to watch a masterclass in preparation, sure, but there’s little doubt which players matter the most to what Pep Guardiola requires from his men.

Sergio Aguero, when healthy, is the clinical finisher. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva take turns as midfield maestros, and Ederson proved why Guardiola believed he needed fancy feet between the sticks.

But the straw that stirs the tactical drink is one Leroy Sane, whose 12 assists are second in the Premier League and nine goals aren’t too shabby either.

So often, the plan is to get the ball to Sane near the left touch line, facing defenders and about five yards beyond the corner of the 18. His crossing is reliable, and his dribbling is perhaps responsible for any freedom De Bruyne receives in the center or right of the attack.

Sane may be slighted because he didn’t feature as much as his teammates, but in a way that makes his accomplishments even more impressive. The 22-year-old played 700 less minutes than De Bruyne and about 200 less than Silva and Raheem Sterling.

The question would be who do you remove from the list? Well, for one, I’d easily go to a back three. And secondly, as good as Christian Eriksen has been his 10 goals and eight assists are behind Sane.

Who would be on my all-snub team, you almost certainly haven’t asked? Well, I’m glad you didn’t, but…

Ederson

Van Dijk — Tarkowski — Azpilicueta

 Kante — Fernandinho — Matic

Sterling  — Willian — Sane

Lukaku

Liverpool 3-0 Man City in UCL quarterfinal first leg

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Now who saw this coming?

Liverpool pummeled Manchester City for 45 minutes then held firm for 45 more as the Reds claimed a 3-0 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

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Mohamed Salah scored and had an assist but was subbed off with a leg injury. Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane also scored for Liverpool.

The second leg is Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium. Jordan Henderson picked up a late yellow card and will miss it via accumulation.

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Salah looked to be just offside in the build-up to his opener, which came 10 seconds after the initial ball and with Man City somehow losing track of the Egyptian genius.

It was 2-0 eight minutes later, as the 20th minute saw Oxlade-Chamberlain belt a shot past a flying Ederson.

And barely another 10 minutes had come off the clock when Mane rose to head home from a Salah cross.

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Salah was injured and left the match for Georginio Wijnaldum in the 53rd minute.

The 52nd minute saw Fernandinho spotting Leroy Sane at the back of the six, but the German sliced his shot wide of the frame.

City was in better form as Raheem Sterling replaced Ilkay Gundogan with more than a half hour to play.

But the visitors were just a shade off all afternoon, with even David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne taking sloppy touches in prime areas.

City had a goal but Sane was flagged for a razor-thin off side before Gabriel Jesus slid to tap home in the 84th minute.

Everton 1-3 Manchester City: Easy as you like

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  • Sane smashes opener (video)
  • Silva pulling the strings
  • 3-0 by the 37th minute

Manchester City scored early and often, clinching the opportunity to win the Premier League in next weekend’s Manchester Derby by beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton had managed a win and two draws in its last two matches against City, but Pep Guardiola‘s men made sure any dreams of elongating that run were extinguished by halftime (if not earlier).

Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling scored to move the league leaders to 84 points, 16 more than second place Manchester United.

Yannick Bolasie scored his first goal since returning from ACL surgery, but Everton remains ninth with 40 points.

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Sane lashed a David Silva cross home with venom, completing a play started by Aymeric Laporte to give City an early lead.

Bolasie nodded over the goal from a nice Calvert-Lewin cross as Everton provided some City-like play down the right flank in the 12th minute

Jesus darted to the doorstep to make it 2-0 less than a minute later. Sane and De Bruyne produced the opportunity, with Jesus snapping his head through the ball.

A Leighton Baines free kick just cut past the near post in a 19th minute bid to halve the deficit.

City struck for a third on a lightning counter attack, Silva crossing for Sterling and the Englishman and a sliding Michael Keane combining to fool Pickford. Easy as you like, 3-0.

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Pickford made a terrific reaction save when Fernandinho‘s long-range rip turned off Calvert-Lewin’s shoulder.

Everton got their goal out of nowhere, a nice moment for Bolasie. The Congolese winger ripping a shot through Kyle Walker‘s legs and past the outstretched Ederson.