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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...

Result: Roma down Chievo to move back up to fourth in Serie A

Stephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov struck in a 3-0 win. Roma brushed aside Chievo Verona 3-0 on Friday night as they responded to Lazio’s victory 24 hours earlier. Looking to move back above their city rivals in the battle for fourth spot, Roma came out quickly as they struck twice in the opening 20 minutes. Stephan El Shaarawy opened the scoring just nine minutes in as he beat Stefano Sorrentino, and Edin Dzeko doubled the lead in the 18th minute as he fired across the goalkeeper to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net. Chievo created a number of chances to get back into it, but rarely looked like beating Antonio Mirante and the game was effectively over six minutes into the second half when Dzeko teed up his old Manchester City team-mate Aleksandar Kolaro...

Result: Til at the double as AZ Alkmaar record fourth successive league victory

Albert Gudmundsson was also on target for the visitors in a 3-0 win over bottom side NAC Breda at Rat Verlegh Stadion. Guus Til scored twice as in-form AZ Alkmaar recorded a fourth successive Eredivisie win by comfortably beating bottom club NAC Breda 3-0. Holland international Til tapped home in the 33rd minute to put the fourth-placed visitors ahead at Rat Verlegh Stadion. Relegation-threatened NAC, who were once again without injured nine-goal top scorer Mitchell Te Vrede, offered little in response as they went in search of just a fifth league win of the campaign. Midfielder Til doubled the advantage by firing home his sixth goal of the season nine minutes into the second period. And AZ substitute Albert Gudmundsson completed the scoring in the final minute to cap a convincing win and ...

Result: Van Gerwen starts bid for fourth successive Premier League crown with victory

The Dutchman beat Michael Smith in a repeat of last year’s final. Michael Van Gerwen‘s quest for a fourth consecutive Premier League title started with a 7-5 win over Michael Smith in Newcastle. With a back injury forcing Gary Anderson to withdraw from the tournament earlier this week, Smith was seen as Van Gerwen’s closest challenger. Smith had a year to remember in 2018, reaching the Premier League and World Championship finals, but was beaten on both occasions by Van Gerwen. CRACKING GAME | Michael van Gerwen beats Michael Smith 7-5 with a 105 match average. ?#Unibet180 pic.twitter.com/NnDHLwBUsi — PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) February 7, 2019 And the world number one continued his recent dominance over Smith on the opening night of the new campaign, averaging 104.98 and h...

Result: Caicedo penalty sinks Empoli and lifts Lazio up to fourth

The striker won and converted the spot-kick late in the first half. Lazio rose to fourth place in Serie A following a 1-0 win over strugglers Empoli at the Stadio Olimpico. In a contest that was low on entertainment, Felipe Caicedo netted the winner with a 42nd-minute penalty as he punished a mistake by goalkeeper Ivan Provedel. When Provedel misjudged a touch inside his box, Caicedo nipped in and was brought down by the 24-year-old. The Ecuadorian forward then struck the resulting spot-kick past him in confident manner. Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio move up three spots into the Champions League places, two points above AC Milan and three above Atalanta and Roma. Roma are at Chievo on Friday night and then Atalanta and Milan host SPAL and Cagliari respectively on Sunday. Guiseppe Iachini’s Empoli...

5 talking points ahead of the FA Cup fourth round

The FA Cup fourth round takes centre stage this weekend, with plenty of potential for some more high drama. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some talking points going into what could prove another memorable set of fixtures. Stanley set for Rams raid ?| Stanley owner @AndyhHolt knows Saturday’s @EmiratesFACup Fourth Round tie with @dcfcofficial at the Wham Stadium could be worth ‘a massive amount’ for the Reds. #ASFC #OnStanleyOn ? Read ▶️ https://t.co/83GZwCeyLa pic.twitter.com/z9LRdcGjzK — Accrington Stanley FC (@ASFCofficial) January 24, 2019 Sky Bet League One outfit Accrington Stanley were rewarded for their scalp of Ipswich with a home tie against another Championship side as promotion-hopefuls Derby head to the Wham Stadium, which will kick off Saturday’s acti...

Result: Vitesse edge five-goal thriller against Excelsior to move up to fourth

Tottenham loanee Marcus Edwards scored for Excelsior but could not prevent defeat at Vitesse. Vitesse recorded their first victory of 2019 after beating Excelsior 3-2 at the GelreDome. Navarone Foor put the home side into a sixth-minute lead after a neat passing move saw Bryan Linssen play the midfielder through before slotting home from 12 yards. Linssen doubled Vitesse’s advantage with his sixth goal of the season, minutes after Excelsior had a Jurgen Mattheij effort disallowed on Video Assistant Referee review. Tottenham loanee Marcus Edwards scored his first goal for Excelsior to pull one back in the 51st minute, firing in from distance. However, Maikel Van Der Werff restored Vitesse’s two-goal lead in the 67th minute to earn Martin Odegaard his second assist of the match before Jerdy ...

Result: Willian strengthens Chelsea’s grip on fourth place

Chelsea beat relegation-threatened Newcastle United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to move six points clear of Arsenal in fourth place. Willian‘s second-half strike has earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge that strengthens their grip on fourth place in the Premier League. The Brazilian forward, linked with a move to Barcelona before the transfer window closes, curled the ball past Martin Dubravka shortly before the hour to move his side six points in front of fifth-placed Arsenal. Newcastle have now lost 10 in a row away to the division’s established top six, but they put up a good fight in West London, levelling up through Ciaran Clark after Pedro opened the scoring, only for Willian to win the match for Chelsea. © Reuters After failing to score in their l...

Result: Real Madrid go fourth by beating Huesca

Real Madrid move into fourth position in La Liga courtesy of a 1-0 win over Huesca on Sunday afternoon. Real Madrid moved into fourth position in La Liga courtesy of a 1-0 win over Huesca at the Estadio El Alcoraz on Sunday afternoon. The league’s basement side Huesca were facing Real Madrid for the first time in their history, but despite impressing for long stages, the hosts were undone by a first-half Gareth Bale volley. Real Madrid are now just two points off second-placed Sevilla and third-placed Atletico Madrid, while they have moved to within five points off division leaders Barcelona once again. © Reuters The first opportunity of the match fell to Huesca in the seventh minute, but central defender Xabier Etxeita could only send his header from a dangerous position wide of the...

Result: West Brom reach fourth place with victory at Swansea

West Brom continued their upturn in form with a 2-1 win at Swansea that took them to fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship. Central defenders Craig Dawson and Ahmed Hegazi punished slack Swansea set-piece marking to hand Albion their third consecutive victory. Oli McBurnie‘s early effort had given Swansea the lead, but the Baggies were ahead by half-time and Darren Moore’s side showed their pedigree to see out the game in comfortable fashion. Swansea manager Graham Potter responded to the 4-1 weekend defeat against Norwich, their heaviest of the season, by deciding on a change of formation. Potter began with three at the back for the first time this term as Tottenham loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers made only his third league start alongside Mike Van Der Hoorn and Joe Rodon. Sw...

Result: England beaten as Australia coast to fourth T20 World Cup title

Captain Meg Lanning scored the winning run. Australia won the Women’s T20 World Cup for the fourth time with a comfortable eight-wicket win over England in Antigua. Ashleigh Gardner had three sixes in six balls and combined with captain Meg Lanning for a partnership of 62 to see the Southern Stars reach their target of 106 with 29 balls to spare. England won the toss and opted to bat first but were bowled out for 105 in 19.4 overs. ?? 3/22 33 off 26 balls And what a time to do it! Ash Gardner is the Player of the Match in the #WT20 final!#AUSvENG highlights ➡️ https://t.co/HdAPt8fEwK #WT20 #WatchThis pic.twitter.com/uaFpFSXcBW — ICC (@ICC) November 25, 2018 Danielle Wyatt top-scored for England with 44 off 37 balls and captain Heather Knight was the only other player to reach double ...

England beaten as Australia coast to fourth T20 World Cup title

Captain Meg Lanning scored the winning run. Australia won the Women’s T20 World Cup for the fourth time with a comfortable eight-wicket win over England in Antigua. Ashleigh Gardner had three sixes in six balls and combined with captain Meg Lanning for a partnership of 62 to see the Southern Stars reach their target of 106 with 29 balls to spare. England won the toss and opted to bat first but were bowled out for 105 in 19.4 overs. ?? 3/22 33 off 26 balls And what a time to do it! Ash Gardner is the Player of the Match in the #WT20 final!#AUSvENG highlights ➡️ https://t.co/HdAPt8fEwK #WT20 #WatchThis pic.twitter.com/uaFpFSXcBW — ICC (@ICC) November 25, 2018 Danielle Wyatt top-scored for England with 44 off 37 balls and captain Heather Knight was the only other player to reach double figure...

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