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Harris hoping to meet Crystal Palace next as Millwall book FA Cup quarter-final spot

Millwall manager Neil Harris is hoping for a home tie against Crystal Palace in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after the Lions edged out AFC Wimbledon 1-0 to make the last eight of the competition for the second time in three seasons. Murray Wallace’s early header was all that separated the two sides at Kingsmeadow, ending the Dons’ record-breaking run in the competition. Harris, who had two stints at The Den as a player, was not part of the 2003/04 side that made it all the way to the final at the Millennium Stadium, but now has Wembley in his sights following a tough game in surroundings that were a far cry from England’s national stadium. And the 41-year-old was delighted to see the current crop of players make further contributions to the club’s impressive FA Cup pedigree. “What an a...

Result: Watford ride their luck to book spot in quarter-finals

Watford progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over QPR, despite being outplayed at Loftus Road. Although their team selection again appeared to show a club for whom the competition is not a priority, Etienne Capoue’s gift of a goal put Watford to within one victory of reaching the final four at Wembley — after their Championship hosts had wasted enough chances to build a convincing lead. Against a near full-strength team that had lost their past five league fixtures, Watford manager Javi Gracia made five changes to his starting XI from the weekend win over Everton, resting Ben Foster, Craig Cathcart, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gerard Deulofeu and Adrian Mariappa. He had previously made 11 when winning against Newcastle and Woking in previous rounds. An ofte...

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: McGinn fires up Dons to book last-eight spot

Half-time substitute Niall McGinn was the star of the show as Aberdeen comfortably overcame Queen of the South 4-1 to move into the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup. McGinn netted the opener, and though Stephen Dobbie’s stunning strike briefly brought parity, the Dons winger turned provider for Andrew Considine and Sam Cosgrove to head the Dons into a 3-1 lead. Cosgrove would then add a fourth from the penalty spot. The Dons had started brightly, with Shay Logan heading wide from a Stewart cross after eight minutes, but that was not to prove an indication of things to come, as the game developed into a scrappy midfield battle. While the home side had a territorial advantage, the best effort of the opening half fell to the Doonhamers, with Michael Doyle’s break on the counter...

Result: Liverpool regain top spot with comfortable win over Bournemouth

Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield. Liverpool have regained top spot in the Premier League table courtesy of a convincing 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield this afternoon. Jurgen Klopp‘s title hopefuls had been knocked off the summit by Manchester City in midweek and went into today’s match off the back of successive draws and a couple of nervy performances. However, the hosts were back to their best as they swept Bournemouth aside, with Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet to help them return to winning ways. It could have been more for Liverpool too, but they settled with three in the end to take back top spot, at least until Man City host Chelsea at the Etihad ...

Result: Cristiano Ronaldo spot on as Juventus survive scare to beat Lazio

Juventus scored two goals in the last 16 minutes to secure a comeback 2-1 win against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico and preserve their unbeaten Serie A campaign. Joao Cancelo equalised for Juve after an Emre Can own goal had given Lazio the lead. Cristiano Ronaldo then notched the winner from the penalty spot two minutes from time. Juve stretched their lead at the top of the table back to 11 points with their 19th win from 21 matches. But the leaders were given a real examination by eighth-placed Lazio, who have now lost nine of their last 10 Serie A matches against the Turin side. Lazio were totally dominant in a first half which saw Juve fail to register a single attempt at goal, while the hosts forced Wojciech Szczesny into five saves before the break. The Polish goalkeeper was relativel...

Chelsea have turned a corner after booking Carabao Cup final spot, says Sarri

Maurizio Sarri hopes Chelsea have overcome their motivational issues after advancing to the Carabao Cup final at the expense of Tottenham. Sarri criticised his players’ poor performance at Arsenal and singled out Eden Hazard as “not a leader” on the eve of the semi-final second leg with Spurs at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea overturned a first-leg deficit as N’Golo Kante and Hazard struck in the first half, but Fernando Llorente’s header forced penalties, with the tie ending 2-2 on aggregate. Eric Dier fired over and Lucas Moura’s effort was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga, before David Luiz kept his composure in a 4-2 shootout success as the Chelsea players answered Sarri’s public rebuke with a fine performance to set up a February 24 final with Manchester City. Wembley here we come! ?#CHETOT pic.t...

Manchester City seal Carabao Cup final spot with 10-0 aggregate win over Burton

Pep Guardiola savoured the prospect of another Wembley appearance after Manchester City completed formalities against Burton in their Carabao Cup semi-final. The City manager was also pleased his players came through unscathed on a freezing pitch at the Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday. Sergio Aguero scored the only goal on a bitterly cold night as City beat the League One side 1-0 to complete an emphatic 10-0 aggregate success. The holders will now face Chelsea or Tottenham in the final next month. City boss Guardiola said: “Protect the habit – the habit of getting into the final. “I know it’s a competition, with all respect, that when you win and you are in the final you are so happy, but when you’re out you’re not sad. “But once we are there, we take every game seriously and we are in the f...

I didn’t feel so great – Djokovic made to fight hard for quarter-final spot

Novak Djokovic admitted he was struggling physically after surviving a gruelling examination from Daniil Medvedev to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. The six-time champion has now reached the last eight at least 10 times at all four grand slams thanks to a 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-3 victory over his 22-year-old opponent lasting three hours and 15 minutes. After Stefanos Tsitsipas’ win over Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, Medvedev was trying to strike another blow for the next generation against the old guard. Novak Djokovic was pushed hard before beating Daniil Medvedev to reach the last eight of the Australian Open (Andy Brownbill/AP) He did have chances but ultimately could not take them, although it was Djokovic who was angry after losing the second set from 4-1 up. Asked ...

Brown sees Ireland clash as perfect chance to reclaim England spot

The country’s most capped full-back has not worn the number 15 jersey for the last nine Tests. Mike Brown views facing down Ireland’s aerial onslaught in Dublin as the perfect way to reclaim his England place. The nation’s most capped full-back has not worn the number 15 jersey for the last nine Tests due to Eddie Jones’ decision to experiment with Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly. Brown, who played wing during last summer’s tour to South Africa, was jettisoned completely for the autumn series but has been included in a 35-man training squad for the Aviva Stadium clash. England head coach Eddie Jones rates Mike Brown as one of the best defensive full-backs (Andrew Matthews/PA) And Jones has opened the door for the 33-year-old to be involved in the Guinness Six Nations opener knowing his tena...

Jonny Bairstow knows there is more work ahead to seal number-three spot

Jonny Bairstow further advanced his case for a long-term future at number three in Barbados but does not expect an easy ride in England’s problem position. The slot once filled with reliable certainty by Jonathan Trott has become a revolving door in recent years – with Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali all tried before moving back down the order and the likes of Gary Ballance, James Vince and Tom Westley found wanting. Bairstow was the latest to be handed an audition on his return to the team in November, making a fine century in Colombo to help secure a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka. A three-Test series against the West Indies will see the experiment continue and the 29-year-old ensured he will go in full of confidence following a confident knock of 98 in England’s final warm-up match again...

Result: Kansas City sweep aside Indianapolis to book spot in AFC Championship game

The Chiefs dominated at Arrowhead. The Indianapolis Colts were outplayed both offensively and defensively as the Kansas City Chiefs booked a slot in the AFC Championship game with a 31-13 win. The Chiefs were on the board after just five minutes at a chilly Arrowhead Stadium, with Damien Williams scoring on a 10-yard rush. Tyreek Hill doubled the lead with a scoring rush of 36 yards less than five minutes later and quarterback Patrick Mahomes – 27 of 41 for 278 yards – also ran in for a score. Darrel William rushes into the end zone. ? pic.twitter.com/MLgERB7kCc — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 13, 2019 The Colts’ sole score in the first half came off the back of a blocked Dustin Colquitt punt which was returned by Zach Pascal for a touchdown. Andrew Luck hit TY Hilton for a score la...

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