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Aguero saves City from Cup shock

Le 26 juin 2014, 09:27 dans Humeurs 0

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Second-tier Watford were half an hour away from a seismic FA Cup shock at Manchester City before Sergio Aguero ruined the script with a hat-trick as his side stormed back to reach the last 16 with a 4-2 win.

 

Only European champions Bayern Munich had returned victorious from City's Etihad Stadium fortress this season but goals by Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney had the Watford fans dreaming of a famous result.

 

The London side were still leading 2-0 after an hour but eventually succumbed to the siege as Aguero cancelled out the deficit Germany Football Shirt, Aleksandar Kolarov put City ahead three minutes from time and their Argentina striker completed a treble to maintain Manuel Pellegrini's side's four-pronged assault on silverware.

 

"I wanted to change all of my players at half-time, all 11 of them," a relieved Pellegrini said.

 

"The whole team was a disaster in the first half."

 

Liverpool had no such problems as they reached the last-16 with a 2-0 win at second tier Bournemouth - Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge scoring for the seven-times winners who were made to work hard on the south coast.

 

Moses opened the scoring after 26 minutes and Sturridge linked with Luis Suarez on the hour to ease Liverpool through and make sure there was no repeat of last season's humbling defeat to third tier Oldham Athletic.

 

Kidderminster, the only survivors from outside England's top four divisions Germany Away Shirt, battled valiantly at League Cup finalists Sunderland but slipped out 1-0 while fourth tier Southend United were beaten 2-0 at home by Premier League Hull City.

 

League One Sheffield United, who face Premier League Fulham on Sunday, are now the only side not in the top two divisions still in the competition after Everton crushed Stevenage 4-0 in Saturday's late kickoff.

 

Everton paid a price for their victory though with Costa Rica fullback Bryan Oviedo suffering a suspected broken leg.

 

Holders Wigan Athletic, who were relegated to the Championship after beating Manchester City in last year's final, kept alive their hopes of an unlikely successful defence of the trophy with a 2-1 win over top flight Crystal Palace.

 

Apart from Palace's exit there were no other surprises with Wilfried Bony's double helping Swansea City triumph 2-1 at Birmingham City, Cardiff City winning 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers and Southampton easing past second-tier side Yeovil Town 2-0.

 

Championship sides Brighton and Hove Albion and Charlton Athletic are also in Sunday's fifth round draw, as are three-times winners Sheffield Wednesday who ended the hopes of fourth-tier Rochdale, winning 2-1 away despite finishing with 10 men.

 

Chelsea host Stoke City on Sunday, while Premier League leaders Arsenal progressed on Friday with a 4-0 victory over Coventry City at The Emirates.

 

Even diehard Watford fans would have feared the worst as their side ventured north to Manchester to face a City side who have trounced the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at home this season.

 

City began the match with 106 goals already in the tank from the four competitions they are contesting, the majority of them at home, and a strong lineup.

 

But they fell behind after 21 minutes when Forestieri fired through the legs of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

 

Nine minutes later the side that are 15th in the Championship extended their lead through Deeney to send their 3,500 travelling fans into delirium.

 

City boasted an attacking quartet of Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko, Aguero and Jesus Navas after the break and once Aguero clinically pulled a goal back on the hour there was a sense of inevitability about the outcome.

 

Aguero curled home the equaliser in the 79th and, after Kolarov's weak shot somehow got past Watford keeper Jonathan Bond three minutes from time, Aguero completed the turnaround with his head to maintain City's four-goal average at home.

Arsenal extend lead after keeper blunder

Le 26 juin 2014, 09:11 dans Humeurs 0

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Arsenal stretched their Premier League lead to four points when they were gifted a 2-0 home victory over third-placed Southampton following a laughable blunder by visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

 

Southampton, beaten only once previously this season and with the league's best defence, were holding their own at the Emirates until Polish international Boruc tried to dummy his way past Olivier Giroud in the 22nd minute and was dispossessed by the Frenchman who scored.

 

Arsenal, who completed the win through Giroud's late penalty Soccer Jerseys, have 28 points with Liverpool second on 24 after a pulsating Merseyside derby ended 3-3 at Goodison Park as Daniel Sturridge scored in the 89th minute for the visitors after Everton had twice come from behind to lead 3-2.

 

Newcastle United continued their great run by following up victories over Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 home win over Norwich City to move to 20 points alongside champions Manchester United and Spurs, who are both in action on Sunday at Cardiff City and Manchester City respectively.

 

Chelsea, in fourth place on 21 points, play at lowly West Ham United later on Saturday and can move above Southampton who remained in third spot on 22 points.

 

Despite the setback, Southampton can take heart from the way they played at the Emirates - Boruc apart.

 

Arsenal hit the post twice in the early stages Soccer Jerseys Sale, once through Jack Wilshere and again via an audacious flick by Aaron Ramsey, but they were gifted their opener after 22 minutes.

 

Boruc had the ball at his feet with plenty of time to clear but twice tried to dummy his was past Giroud, only to lose the ball and hand the Frenchman an open goal.

 

Southampton kept their composure, however, and showed the confidence that has brought them a win at Liverpool and draw at Manchester United this season.

 

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny had to be on his toes to deny Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana and Southampton's enterprising team continued to take the game to their hosts, playing with confidence that showed how far they have come since losing the corresponding fixture last season 6-1.

 

The home fans breathed a sigh of relief four minutes from time when Jose Fonte grabbed Per Mertesacker as the big defender tried to rise for a header and Giroud buried the penalty for his 10th goal of the season.

 

Everton and Liverpool served up a lunchtime classic at Goodison Park, which even by Merseyside derby standards was a humdinger.

 

On-loan Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku thought he had won it when he headed his second of the match to put Everton ahead after 82 minutes, only for substitute Sturridge to snatch a point for the visitors.

 

"That is the best experience I've ever had in club football," said Lukaku, echoing the feelings of those lucky enough to watch the pulsating match.

 

It was end to end stuff from the start as Philippe Coutinho scrambled Liverpool ahead after five minutes, Kevin Mirallas - lucky to escape a red card for a wild challenge on Luis Suarez - equalised two minutes later and a Suarez free kick put Liverpool ahead at the break

 

Lukaku's second-half double looked to have earned Everton only their second win in 14 derbies until Sturridge came off the bench to head the equaliser.

 

"I've been involved in a few (derbies) and they are real heart-stoppers," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. "All-in-all a wonderful game."

 

At the other end of the table Crystal Palace climbed off the bottom and above Sunderland after collecting their first away points of the season with a 1-0 victory at Hull City, with Tony Pulis, confirmed as their manager earlier on Saturday, watching from the stands.

 

Sunderland, who had former England defender Wes Brown harshly sent off in the first half, lost 2-0 at Stoke City, while Martin Jol's woes continued as Fulham slumped to a fourth successive defeat, 2-1 at home to Swansea City.

Chelsea hit Arsenal for six

Le 26 juin 2014, 08:55 dans Humeurs 0

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Chelsea ripped apart 10-man Premier League title rivals Arsenal in a 6-0 mauling to ensure Arsene Wenger's 1 Soccer Jerseys Cheap,000th game turned sour as Liverpool and Manchester City kept up the pressure with big wins.

 

Yaya Toure scored a hat-trick, including two penalties, as City wrapped up a punishing 5-0 victory over 10-man Fulham and Luis Suarez's prolific run continued with a treble as Liverpool twice came from behind to thrash Cardiff City 6-3.

 

The goals were spread about for Chelsea with Samuel Eto'o, Andre Schuerrle, Eden Hazard Cheap Soccer Jerseys, Oscar (2) and Mohamed Salah on target for the leaders in a match likely to be remembered for a bizarre refereeing blunder as much as the hosts' cut and thrust.

 

Official Andre Marriner flashed a red card at Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs for a handball on the goalline when his team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the culprit.

 

The sending-off did little to affect the destination of the points, however, as Arsenal were already 2-0 down when defender Gibbs was dismissed and Hazard stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to make it 3-0 after 17 minutes.

 

Chelsea stayed four points clear of second-placed Liverpool, the Londoners having played a game more, with Manchester City six adrift of the leaders in third but with three games in hand. Arsenal slipped to fourth seven points off the pace.

 

Wayne Rooney scored the first of his two goals from near the halfway line to help Manchester United beat West Ham United 2-0, but his stunning effort was perhaps bettered by Norwich City's Alex Tettey.

 

The midfielder sent a scorching volley into the top corner from 25 metres as Norwich improved their chances of avoiding the drop by beating relegation rivals Sunderland 2-0.

 

Everton moved up to fifth with a 3-2 win over struggling Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion lost 2-0 at Hull City and Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse scored in stoppage time to inflict a painful 1-0 defeat on lowly Crystal Palace.

 

Arsenal manager Wenger did not have to wait long to realise his 1,000th game would not be a fond occasion to look back on.

 

It was the second time in six weeks that his side had visited a major title rival and left with their tails between their legs after a 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool last month.

 

In a similar vein to that encounter, their defence was all at sea in the early stages at Stamford Bridge, allowing Chelsea to effectively wrap up the points within minutes of the kickoff.

 

"We started incredibly," Mourinho told BT Sport. "Seven minutes gone we were 2-0 up, it's game over...We were too strong for them."

 

Terrible defending allowed Chelsea to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, with Eto'o curling a superb left-foot finish into the corner for the opener and Schuerrle finishing with a low drive to make it 2-0 after seven minutes.

 

It was then referee Marriner's turn to rival Arsenal's blundering backline for the day's costliest error as he gave Gibbs his marching orders after Oxlade-Chamberlain had made a diving fingertip save to deny Hazard.

 

Replays showed an incredulous Oxlade-Chamberlain mouthing, "It was me" at the official, but the decision stood, with Hazard firing home from the spot and Oscar sidefooting in from close range to make it 4-0 at the break.

 

Oscar curled in a second and Salah came off the bench to slot home his first goal for the club to complete the rout and leave Wenger nursing a painful sense of personal failure.

 

"This defeat is my fault," he said. "I take full responsibility for it. I don't think there's too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today."

 

Liverpool also hit six, but were given a testing workout by a Cardiff side scrapping for their Premier League lives.

 

Goals from their Uruguay forward Suarez and defender Martin Skrtel cancelled out Cardiff efforts by Jordan Mutch and Fraizer Campbell, before Liverpool took control.

 

Slovakian Skrtel headed his second of the game and Suarez netted another after an audacious backheel across goal from strike partner Daniel Sturridge, who then got in on the act himself with a close-range finish.

 

Mutch reduced the deficit with two minutes left but Suarez grabbed his hat-trick with a calm finish when through on goal to equal Robbie Fowler's Premier League record for Liverpool with his 28th league goal of the season.

 

Manchester City's powerhouse Ivory Coast midfielder Toure scored two penalties and a stunning third from 25 metres to put City in control against bottom club Fulham who had Fernando Amorebieta sent off after 53 minutes.

 

Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis added two more late on to give the scoreline a humiliating feel for Felix Magath's side.

 

City's local rivals United picked up where they left off after beating Olympiakos Piraeus in the Champions League in midweek, with England striker Rooney shining in a central striking role in the absence of the injured Robin van Persie.

 

His looping effort from nearly 50 metres bamboozled West Ham's Spanish keeper Adrian who completely lost his bearings as Rooney's volley bounced into the net.

 

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Rooney's second was handed to him on a plate as Mark Noble's poor clearance landed at his feet and was stroked home to leave United in seventh place, two points behind Tottenham Hotspur who play on Sunday.

 

Everton kept up their push for European football with a Leighton Baines penalty before Romelu Lukaku put them back in front after Wilfried Bony's leveller. Ross Barkley made it 3-1 with a header before Ashley Williams grabbed a late consolation.

 

Norwich City fans have had little cheer this season but Tettey's volley from 25 metres, a feat of extraordinary technique, had them on their feet at Carrow Road after Robert Snodgrass had put them ahead against Sunderland.

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