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Owen tells World Cup tale after PK decision mars Man City-Spurs

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Michael Owen was rightly aggrieved for countryman Raheem Sterling when the speedy attacker wasn’t given a PK against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Kyle Walker shoved Man City’s Sterling on a second-half breakaway, but a stumbling Sterling still poked the ball at Hugo Lloris.

It was 2-2 moments later, Top Four fortunes shifted by a non-call. Owen hates diving, but took to Twitter after the game to explain how refs think in those situations (or at least how one reacted in a World Cup match).

Oddly enough, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino plays a role in the nearly 15-year-old story.

WATCH: Woodburn becomes youngest scorer in Liverpool history

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Less than two months removed from his 17th birthday, Ben Woodburn has scored a First Team goal for Liverpool.

The match was scoreless when Woodburn made his second appearance for the Reds, who went ahead through Divock Origi shortly thereafter.

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The Welsh U-19 winger then bested Michael Owen‘s record as the youngest goal scorer in history, blasting a close-range shot home.

Woodburn received a square ball from Georginio Wijnaldum after a cute poke pass from Origi.

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Top 5 — Man United, City’s most memorable Manchester derbies

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The Manchester derby is almost always memorable, for better or for worse depending on which half of the city you support. Here are five derbies, from the last decade, that really delivered the goods…

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Man United 0-3 Man City — Beginning of the end for Moyes — March 25, 2014

The David Moyes era last less than a full season at Old Trafford, the scene of a 3-0 derby day defeat for Manchester United toward the end of the 2013-14 Premier League season.

Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead inside the first minute; Dzeko doubled Manchester City’s lead just before the hour mark; and Yaya Toure finished off the drubbing with a tally of his own in the 90th minute. Man City would go on to win the title, their second in three seasons, finishing two points ahead of Liverpool. Man United would finish seventh.

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Man City 2-3 Man United — RvP’s late winner — Dec. 9, 2012

In the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson‘s legendary managerial career, the Scotsman pulled a fast one on the rest of the PL signing star Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, who led the league in goals scored the season before, for a fee just shy of $30 million. The Dutchman would lead the league in scoring for a second straight season en route to his first (Ferguson’s 13th) league title.

It was RvP’s 14th goal of the season, which came in the 92nd minute, that deflected and looped off the outstretched leg of Samir Nasri and won the December derby for United. Wayne Rooney‘s first-half brace looked to have been thrown away when Toure and Pablo Zabaleta pulled the Citizens back to 2-2, but Nasri’s lazy efforts from within the free-kick wall ultimately proved the difference.

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Man United 1-6 Man City — Demolition job at Old Trafford — Oct. 23, 2011

City would go on to win their first top-division title since 1968 in the same season they hit Ferguson’s men with a 6-1 drubbing at Old Trafford. How sweet those 10 months must have been for City supporters — the final half-hour of the final game of the season notwithstanding.

It was the worst home defeat United had suffered since 1955, and it sent City five points clear of everyone else. It was the first time United had conceded a half-dozen at Old Trafford since 1930. It could have just as easily been 7-1, or 8-1. Mario Balotelli, who made headlines earlier in the week by setting off fireworks inside his house, scored either side of halftime and revealed his famous “Why Always Me?” shirt, before Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko (twice) and David Silva completed the rout.

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Man United 2-1 Man City — Rooney’s overhead kick — Feb. 12, 2011

A goal — and photo — you’ll never forget. City were still in search of their first league title — they wouldn’t get theirs until the following season, as the 2010-11 crown was to be Ferguson’s penultimate, his 12th — but they were getting closer. The two sides entered this end-of-winter derby just five points apart at the top of the table.

Nani put the Red Devils ahead not long before halftime, but David Silva equalized on 65 minutes. Then, in the 78th minute, Nani’s cross was deflected and sent looping high into the air at Old Trafford. Rooney read it first, arrived at the spot, threw his body into the air, and struck the ball (with his shin) for one of the most memorable, iconic goals in PL history. United won the title by nine points that season.

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Man United 4-3 Man City — Owen’s Fergie Time winner — Sept. 20, 2009

Don’t you miss Fergie Time? Probably not, unless you’re a supporter of the red half of Manchester. Back in the early days of the 2009-10 season, referee Martin Atkinson let the early-season derby at Old Trafford go on, and on, and on. Four minutes of stoppage time were signaled, but after four minutes, and five minutes, no whistle.

Then, Michael Owen, in one of his few noteworthy contributions to the club, found a pocket of space before latching onto Ryan Giggs‘ through ball and striking a perfect, right-footed shot past Shay Given, just inside the far post. City had just “arrived” on the scene as oil-rich players to be reckoned with, but for this day in the fall of 2009, little brother was harshly put back into his place.

SportsWorld: Lampard and Gerrard to make MLS debuts, who ya got?

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Two English legends are headed to opposite coasts of the Untied States and are set to take Major League Soccer by storm.

One is fresh off the very first transfer of his career after spending his entire soccer life at Liverpool. Steven Gerrard has had an illustrious career in Red, and now suits up for the LA Galaxy, likely to make his debut this weekend against Club America in an International Champions Cup friendly at StubHub Center.

The other comes over from spells at Chelsea and Manchester City which saw him become one of England’s most complete midfielders. Frank Lampard was meant NYCFC career at home as well, against Toronto FC this weekend at Yankee Stadium, but has picked up a calf injury and will likely have to wait a week.

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The kicker is they’re 35 and 37 years old. What do they have left in the tank? Gerrard looked to be slightly fading down the stretch of his final Premier League season, and while Lampard scored a handful of goals off the bench for Manchester City, he failed to make any serious impact for 90 minutes. So what will Major League Soccer be getting?

That’s as much about the past as it is about the future. The two players often played alongside each other on the English national team for many years, but the two drew a different class of follower. Joe Prince-Wright took an in-depth look at the dichotomy of the two players for NBC’s SportsWorld:

Like I said, Gerrard and Lampard are the same … but at the same time, very different.
For many, the Gerrard-or-Lampard debate wasn’t purely down to which team you supported or whom you preferred as a player. It reflected your social class and beliefs in post-millennium Britain. Lampard is a self-confessed supporter of the Conservative party, while Gerrard comes from the heartland of the British Labour party. But put aside their vastly contrasting socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and one thing that isn’t different is their desire to win.

Gerrard rose through Liverpool’s academy and despite being knocked back at a young age as the likes of Michael Owen and others were pushed on to the national stage, he persisted with his game and had to curb a violent streak which almost saw him thrown off of the club for numerous incidents related to reckless tackling. Now you know where the “Steve Gerrard, Gerrard. He’ll pass the ball 40-yards. He’s big and he’s f***ing hard. Steve Gerrard, Gerrard,” song comes from (sung to the tune of “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).”

Lampard speaks of doing his “spikes” each and every day throughout his time growing up. He would put on special running shoes and run sprints until his lungs were about to burst. His father gave him inside tips on how to succeed in soccer, but the elder Lampard could only do so much. From a young age the younger Lampard had that desire to succeed, but also the ability and soccer brain to go with it. However, ask any West Ham United fan today what they think of Lampard. It’s unlikely to be a particularly pleasant exchange.

The two will now enter a totally different style of soccer, one that has the potential to lengthen great careers, but also one that has the potential to swallow those same greats whole.

Read the entire SportsWorld writeup on Gerrard and Lampard from Joe Prince-Wright here.

Top 20 World Cup moments: Michael Owen’s wondergoal – No. 20

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As we continue our countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil here at PST, each day from now until the tournament begins we will look back at a memorable moment from years gone by. 

Here is number 20. 

PST’s Top 20 World Cup moments – No. 20, Owen scores stunner vs. Argentina

“OWEEEEEN!”

The ecstasy felt in England as 18-year-old Michael Owen rounded one, two, then three Argentine defenders before smashing the ball into the top corner was instant. The Three Lions were on their way to knocking out bitter rivals Argentina in the second round of the 1998 World Cup in France.

Or so they thought…

Eventually England succumbed to Argentina on penalty kicks but Owen’s heroics was the lasting moment from England’s ’98 World Cup campaign. The pacey forward went on to score at both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups for England but a string of injuries curtailed his career as his pace evaporated and this goal against Argentina was to be Owen’s biggest moment on the world stage.

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Owen’s international career petered out as the former European player of the year retired in his early 30’s and is now a TV commentator in the UK. The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Man United and Stoke City forward scored 40 goals in 89 games for England which puts him fourth all-time on the list of top goalscorers for the Three Lions.

However none of his goals were more memorable than this stunning strike against Argentina.