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Bernd Leno: ‘Arsenal ready to claim fourth spot in Premier League’

Bernd Leno says that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any errors from Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to finish in fourth place in the Premier League. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has claimed that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any mistakes from the club’s rivals in the race for fourth position in the Premier League table. Arsenal have endured an indifferent top-flight campaign, but the Gunners find themselves just one point adrift of Manchester United with 13 matches remaining. Chelsea are also in the hunt for the final Champions League spot, but Leno has backed the North London outfit to outlast their nearest rivals. The German stopper is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “It is a good competition between all the teams. Chelsea played Manchester City a...

Suarez hails goalkeeper Ter Stegen after Barcelona claim point

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez saluted “one of the best in the world” after watching goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen deny Athletic Bilbao victory. The Germany international produced saves from Markel Susaeta and Inaki Williams either side of half-time as Bilbao held LaLiga leaders Barca to a 0-0 draw at the Estadio San Mames on Sunday evening. Suarez told LaLiga TV: “He’s one of the best in the world, no question. He showed it again – that’s why he’s the Barcelona keeper.” Great performance from @Athletic_en, but they were met by a goalkeeper in inspired form… ?? Don’t miss #AthleticBarça highlights! ? pic.twitter.com/6HD68LMyej — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 10, 2019 Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was equally impressed by his goalkeeper, and particularly his stop from Williams eight min...

Result: Phillips turns the screw as Leeds claim point at Middlesbrough

Kalvin Phillips headed Leeds back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with an equaliser in the 11th minute of stoppage time to frustrate Middlesbrough. Boro looked like climbing to within four points of the top two at the Riverside Stadium courtesy of Lewis Wing’s opener less than two minutes after the restart. But then Leeds’ perseverance finally paid off when they found a way to break down Middlesbrough’s resistance. That was the case even though more than 100 minutes of football had to be played because of an interruption in play towards the end of the game when someone on the Leeds bench needed medical attention. Leeds knew that avoiding defeat would lift them back to the top of the Championship. But despite plenty of attacking play and movement, Marcelo Bielsa’s team were unable to...

Wigan win first time for Lam to claim back points deducted for salary cap breach

Wigan delivered a first Super League win for interim head coach Adrian Lam to wipe out the points they were docked for breaching the salary cap. A 34-16 round two win over Leeds lifted the reigning champions off the foot of the table and provided them with a timely boost ahead of next week’s World Club Challenge clash with Australian premiers Sydney Roosters. Former Barrow prop Joe Bullock scored his first Super League try as he once more demonstrated his comfort at this level while former Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker kicked five goals on an accomplished home debut. The result leaves former Wigan forward Dave Furner still looking for his first win as Leeds head coach and, to compound his troubles, substitute forward Mikolaj Oledzki was the subject of a biting allegation by Wigan hook...

Fighter Brown ready to stake his claim at Livingston

Former non-league player has joined the Scottish Premiership side from Cardiff. Ciaron Brown knows he will have to battle to win a place in the Livingston defence but the new loan signing has had to fight for everything in a career that has taken him from non league to Premier League Cardiff. The 21-year-old defender started his career with lowly Bedfont Sports before moving to National League South side Wealdstone in 2016, before he was handed a major move to Cardiff a year ago. Brown has a tough task getting into a Livingston defence which has shipped 20 goals in 22 Ladbrokes Premiership games – fewer than any team outside Celtic or Rangers. But he is relishing the prospect. “I’ve had to fight to get to the place where I am now, and I think they have done their homework on me,” he said. ...

Result: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim Masters title

Judd Trump claimed his first Masters title in emphatic fashion as he defeated seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace. Trump, playing in the final of the tournament for the first time, dominated the opening session on Sunday afternoon, establishing a 7-1 lead. Thirteen-time finalist O’Sullivan battled in the evening, making it 7-2, 8-3 and 9-4 as he posted two century breaks, before his missed pink allowed Trump to secure the victory. What a feeling!@judd147t wins his first Masters crown, and receives the biggest cheque of his career… ? £200,000 ? #DafabetMasters @Dafabet pic.twitter.com/eYGQ4FsquI — World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) January 20, 2019 It is the 29-year-old Bristolian’s second triumph in a ‘triple crown’ event, adding to...

Judd Trump beats Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim Masters title

Trump dominated O’Sullivan to win 10-4 at Alexandra Palace. Judd Trump claimed his first Masters title in emphatic fashion as he defeated seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace. Trump, playing in the final of the tournament for the first time, dominated the opening session on Sunday afternoon, establishing a 7-1 lead. Thirteen-time finalist O’Sullivan battled in the evening, making it 7-2, 8-3 and 9-4 as he posted two century breaks, before his missed pink allowed Trump to secure the victory. What a feeling!@judd147t wins his first Masters crown, and receives the biggest cheque of his career… ? £200,000 ? #DafabetMasters @Dafabet pic.twitter.com/eYGQ4FsquI — World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) January 20, 2019 It is the 29-year-old Bristolian’s second triumph in a ‘triple...

Result: Stoke claim first win under Jones as Leeds end week in spotlight with defeat

Stoke produced a stirring performance to claim their first win under Nathan Jones as Leeds ended a difficult week with a third defeat in four Sky Bet Championship games. In the build-up to kick-off at the bet365 Stadium, the English Football League revealed 11 clubs had officially complained about Leeds spying on opposition teams. And United have issues on the field too after centre-back Pontus Jansson was sent off on a day when nothing went right for Marcelo Bielsa’s team until Ezgjan Alioski made it 2-1 with the last kick of the game. Sam Clucas brought an uneventful match to life just after the restart by rifling home the opener and Joe Allen finished off 10-man Leeds. Leeds remain top of the table but their lead is only one point and they will now await the EFL’s verdict on...

Result: Auchinleck Talbot claim famous win over Ayr to reach Scottish Cup last 16

Law student Craig McCracken scored the winner against his old team as Scottish Juniors side Auchinleck Talbot stunned Championship neighbours Ayr 1-0 to reach the last 16 of the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time in their history. McCracken headed home a free-kick in the 77th minute to earn Auchinleck their first win over a Scottish Football League outfit. Ayr, last season’s Scottish Junior Cup winners, became the sixth team Auchinleck have dispatched in the competition this season as the team fighting for promotion to the Ladbrokes Premiership came horribly unstuck at Beechwood Park. #scenes from the @atfc1909 players.#ScottishCup pic.twitter.com/Wy8jmgsHvC — William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) January 19, 2019 And the underdogs were good value for their win, Graham Wilson ...

Solari hails young players after Real Madrid claim last-gasp win over Betis

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari hailed the impact of his young players after a last-gasp win at Real Betis on Sunday. Former Betis player Dani Ceballos struck with an 88th-minute free-kick as Madrid snatched a 2-1 victory at the Benito Villamarín Stadium to move back into the top four in LaLiga. It was a win achieved without a number of senior stars as the likes of Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez were absent through injury or suspension. Karim Benzema was also forced off at half-time after landing awkwardly on his hand and suffering a broken finger. Youngster Vinicius Junior impressed for Madrid (Miguel Morenatti/AP) Solari said in his post-match press conference, reported on realmadrid.com: “They are three valuable points to try to help us cut the gap between us and the tea...

Guardiola defends team selection as Crystal Palace claim surprise Etihad win

Pep Guardiola defended his selection and refused to blame individuals after Manchester City suffered a shock loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Premier League champions were stunned as the Eagles came from behind to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium and leave City trailing leaders Liverpool by four points at Christmas. City manager Guardiola had opted to start with key pair Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne on the bench while John Stones played in midfield in the absence of Fernandinho. Guardiola said: “Normally the selection, when you win I am a genius and when they win the selection is not good. I accept that role but I don’t know what would happen if Kevin or Sergio started. “Dinho is injured. Yesterday he felt that problem but John played so good (in midfield) at Leicester and I want ...

Sanchez denies claim he had bet with teammates on Mourinho sacking

‘I only have gratitude for him’, the forward said of United’s former manager. Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has denied betting on Jose Mourinho’s sacking with his teammates. A report on Friday claimed the Chile international had told defender Marcus Rojo he owed him £20,000 in the wake of Mourinho’s departure on Tuesday. But the former Arsenal man, whom Mourinho signed for United in January, says the claims are not true. “This is FALSE!!!” he wrote on Twitter. “Jose gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world and I only have gratitude for him. “We are a truly United team. We are MANCHESTER UNITED. Respect. I can’t wait to help the team. Good luck tomorrow family!” Sanchez has only scored four times for United since they beat rivals Manchester City to his signature ...

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