Gabbiadini rescues point for Saints

Burnley and Southampton cancelled each other out at Turf Moor as they drew 1–1  in a hard fought contest in the English Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

  • Burnley 1 Southampton 1
  • Ashley Barnes scores opener for home team
  • Gabbiadini rescues point for visitors

Match Summary

Manolo Gabbiadini’s last minute goal cancelled out an Ashley Barnes' opener as Burnley and Southampton shared the spoils. The result pulled the Saints out of the relegation zone for the time being but heaped pressure on the Clarets as they remained winless in 11 games.

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Both teams started well but it was the visitors who enjoyed the first chance as Dusan Tadic had an attempt at goal as early as the 11th minute. A clever reverse pass from Nathan Redmond set up the opportunity only for Nick Pope to make a good save down to his right to deny the Serbian.

The home team went close in the 28th minute thanks to good link up play from Barnes and Aaron Lennon saw the latter strike a shot on the run from just outside the box but Oriol Romeu did well to charge down and block the strike.  

The Clarets had a golden opportunity to take the lead on the hour mark when a smart early ball into the box from Ashley Westwood was met on the six yard box by the head of Barnes who sent his header well wide of the goal.

Sean Dyche’s men took the lead in the 67th minute. Alex McCarthy produced a brilliant save from Johann Gudmundsson's volley from a tight angle only to parry the ball back into the danger area where Barnes was ready to pounce and bundle the ball home from close range.

The Saints came close to an equaliser through substitute Josh Sims only for his curling effort to be brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Pope to keep his clean sheet intact.

The visitors were not to be denied as they got their goal in the 90th minute. Gabbiadini was on hand to control and finish in the box under pressure to save a point for his team.

Bournemouth strike back against Newcastle

Bournemouth staged a second-half comeback to secure a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • Bournemouth 2 Newcastle United 2
  • Gayle with a first-half brace
  • Smith pulls one back
  • Gosling equalises

Match summary

The Magpies were undoubtedly the better side in the first half, as Dwight Gayle was able to help himself to a brace by capitalising on some poor defending under pressure from the visitors.

But the Cherries were far better after half-time, and had a goal back in the 80th minute through Adam Smith before Dan Gosling fired in the equaliser just before the 90th minute.

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There were chances at either end in the opening stages, with Callum Wilson hitting the target after connecting to a corner kick but Martin Dubravka made the save at his near post. A moment later and Ayoze Perez got a chance to hit a volley but couldn’t keep it on target.

The breakthrough came soon afterwards in the 17th minute when Jonjo Shelvey released Perez down the right flank. His ball across goal was poorly dealt with, allowing Gayle to arrive and punish them with a cheeky back-heel finish.

The Cherries had started brightly, with Joshua King in particular looking like a real live wire in the first few minutes, but after taking the lead it was the Magpies who looked confident and in-control.

And they capped off a dominant first half with a second goal just before the break when Perez met a cross at the far post and sent it back across goal, where Asmir Begovic was unable to deal with the danger, allowing Gayle to steal in for an easy finish.

Having been very timid in the first half, Bournemouth were much better after the break, with King again the epicenter of most of their good work.

But the clearest chance since the restart fell to the Magpies after Gayle’s free kick hit the wall and dropped to Perez to hit on the rebound, but under pressure from a defender he could only loft it over the crossbar.

Jermain Defoe was introduced in the 73rd minute for Wilson and was immediately involved for the Cherries. A few minutes later and Steve Cook came close with a header that was well-saved by Martin Dubravka.

With 10 minutes to go, Bournemouth pulled a goal back when Adam Smith latched onto a clever pass from Lewis Cook, taking one touch and unleashing a fierce drive beyond Dubravka.

They kept up the pressure and had their reward in the 89th minute, this time Gosling being on the receiving end of some generous defending. Nathan Ake was left unmarked at the far post and played the ball square for the goalscorer to smash home.

BBC run riot as Real thrash Alaves

Real Madrid started slowly but soon found top gear to thrash Deportivo Alaves 4-0 in Saturday's La Liga clash with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a brace at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. 

  • Real Madrid 4 Deportivo Alaves 0
  • Ronaldo lashes home first
  • Bale adds second after the break 
  • CR7 completes brace
  • Benzema slots late penalty 

Match summary 

Real were not convincing for the majority of the first half though Karim Benzema did miss a good chance in the opening half-an-hour. However, Ronaldo's goal before the break eased the nerves. 

Los Blancos were rampant in the second period as strikes by Gareth Bale, a second from Ronaldo and a late penalty from Benzema sealed an easy victory. 

Match report 

Madrid started with a good passing tempo and showed urgency towards the final third without really threatening, while the visitors seemed content to counter with attacks on the break.

In the 13th minute it nearly paid dividends as Ruben Sobrino got behind Real's defence but was narrowly beaten to the ball by an alert Keylor Navas, who took a knock for his efforts.

Five minutes later, Los Blancos had a great opportunity to take the lead as Benzema was set free on the right-hand side of Alaves' area, but he fired his strike just wide to jeers from home supporters. 

Madrid were starting to take control and Bale was close to scoring a stunning opener after good work from Casemiro in dispossessing Alfonso Pedraza. He fed it to Benzema who crossed from the left but Bale's acrobatic volley flashed just wide. 

The away outfit briefly threatened through John Guidetti after the half-an-hour mark though his shot was comfortably gathered by Navas. 

In the 37th minute the lively Pedraza again tested the Costa Rica star with a strike into the bottom right-hand corner, but he parried and then jumped on the loose ball.   

Nonetheless, Zinedine Zidane's men found the front just before the break through Ronaldo. After a wonderful back-heel from Benzema set him free in the area, the Portuguese attacker turned in the box and lashed it into the net.

Almost immediately after the first goal Alexis was close to a leveler from a corner but again Navas was sharp to make a brilliant block. 

After the interval, the home team made it 2-0 almost straight from the restart from another Benzema assist. He harried Alexis into conceding possession before playing in Bale down the left, and the flying Welshman burst forward to finish beyond Daniel Pacheco. 

It was all Madrid in the second stanza as Benzema had a goal disallowed for offside, Bale curled an effort narrowly over and Raphael Varane headed just over from a corner. 

The one-way traffic continued and in the 61st minute Ronaldo completed his brace after getting on the end of a smart pass from Lucas Vazquez into the area. Not long after the provider of the third was inches away from scoring the fourth but his shot whistled just wide of target.

Pacheco in goal was keeping the score respectable as he saved again from the 26-year-old in the 75th minute. Ibai Gomez did have a chance for Alaves in the closing stages but he was denied once again by the solid Navas. 

At the death, Víctor Laguardia brought down Bale in the area and Benzema finally ended his lean spell in front of goal in the 89th minute from the penalty spot.   

Hertha shut Bayern out in Munich

Hertha Berlin put in a valiant performance to hold Bayern Munich to a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash at the Allianz Arena.

  • Bayern Munich 0 Hertha Berlin 0
  • Jarstein stars for Hertha
  • Bayern denied 10th straight win

Match Summary

Bayern lacked ideas against a resolute Hertha side in which goalkeeper Rune Jarstein starred for the visitors, denying Robert Lewandowski on numerous occasions to set the tone for their performance

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The opening few minutes saw both sides register early attempts, with Robert Lewandowski sending an early header on target that was saved by goalkeeper Jarstein in just the fifth minute before Niklas Stark gave Bayern a scare with a header just wide from Vladimir Darida's cross.

Javi Martinez almost put Bayern ahead in the 14th minute when he met Arjen Robben’s cross in towards the back post, but Jordan Torunarigha cleared off the line to deny them an early lead.

Soon afterwards Lewandowski was given another sight of goal when Thomas Muller slipped the ball through for him, but Jarstein was once again there with the block and Torunarigha cleared up the loose ends.

A minute later and the visitors had a chance at the other end, with Darida striding forward and letting loose with a fearsome drive at goal that Sven Ulreich needed to dive at to keep out of the bottom corner.

Franck Ribery missed the best chance of the first half in the 36th minute after Lewandowski and Robben combined for the latter to pick out Ribery, but with just the goalkeeper to beat the veteran France international missed the target.

Lewandowski had one more chance before the break but was again denied by Jarstein as half-time arrived without a goal.

Soon after the restart Bayern resumed their assault at the Hertha goal. David Alaba forced Jarstein into a save from a free kick, Lewandowski headed wide from Rafinha’s cross, and the Polish No.9 was then again denied by the Slovakian goalkeeper after beating Torunarigha to Ribery’s through-ball.

By the hour mark it was business as usual, with Jarstein and his defenders dealing with a couple of Lewandowski strikes while Mathew Leckie set up Peter Pekarík for a shot at the other end, but after cutting inside he fired well over the bar.

The closing stages found Bayern lacking ideas. That prompted manager Jupp Heynckes to make changes, Kingsley Coman replacing Ribery, Sandro Wagner coming on for Muller, and Thiago Alcantara replacing Arturo Vidal. Hertha also made changes, Alexander Esswein replacing Davie Selke and Ondrej Duda coming on for Salomon Kalou.

Bayern’s attacks continued into added time, when Jarstein had to make a final save to deny Robben from winning the game from a free-kick after Plattenhardt fouled Lewandowski on the edge of the box.

Liverpool power past West Ham

Liverpool scored three second-half goals to thrash a determined West Ham side 4-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

  • Liverpool 4 West Ham 1
  • Can heads in opener
  • Salah adds second
  • Firmino scores third
  • Antonio grabs consolation
  • Mane taps in to seal match

Match summary

Despite the scoreline, the game was evenly matched, especially in the first half as West Ham remained dogged in defence to give themselves a chance of getting a result away from home.

Liverpool would have been disappointed with their first-half despite going a goal up thanks to an Emre Can header, as they failed to capitalise on the numerous opportunities, However a far better second half, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane secured the win.

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Liverpool came into the game looking to put pressure on top four rivals Chelsea and Manchester United with a win, while West Ham looked to put some space between them and the relegation zone.

The Reds started strongly with forward Mohamed Salah hitting the post with a well struck shot early on, after finding some space in the West Ham box.

The home side dominated possession , ooking to release their wingers against the deep-lying West Ham defence. The visitors, meanwhile, struggled to retain possession and get Marko Arnautovic involved in the game.

Arnautovic did, however, nearly make something out of nothing when he shrugged off a challenge from Virgil van Dijk and attempted an audacious lob which looped over the head of Loris Karius and hit the crossbar.

Pablo Zabaleta was the next West Ham player with a good attempt as he found himself free on the right wing inside the box and hit a shot which drifted narrowly wide of the left post.

Liverpool hit back as Mane and  Firmino combined well, as the Brazilian picked out the Senegalese with good cross which Mane headed over.

As the first half progressed the home side got frustrated, as the West Ham back-five made numerous last ditch challenges and interceptions to deny them shots on target. The hosts though did finally get their opener as Can rose from a Salah corner to head into the bottom corner of the West Ham goal.

Can nearly scored a second as Liverpool searched to extend their lead with a curling shot that flew just wide of the right hand post from outside the goal.

Salah was the next Liverpool player to take a long shot, with the Reds boosted by the opening goal, but he sent his effort wide. Late on in the first half, Arnautovic tested Karius again with a long range shot which the goalkeeper parried behind for a corner.

The second half started in a similar fashion to the first with West Ham sitting deep to limit the number of chances for Liverpool However the Reds soon added a second when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went on a mazy run and slid a ball through for Salah who slammed the ball into the far corner of the net.

The hosts grabbed a third as they started running rampant, as Can dinked a pass over the West Ham defence which found Firmino, who took a touch past goalkeeper Adrian and finished into an open net. 

Minutes later, the visitors snatched a goal back as Michail Antonio was found in space and strode into the box, finishing into the far corner of the Liverpool goal.

The game suddenly opened up from there and Salah had a glorious chance for a fourth when he was picked out by Alexander-Arnold but his close-range shot went straight at Adrian.

Despite the home side being two goals ahead, there was still a nervousness around the stadium as West Ham threatened when they managed to get the ball forward to Arnautovic.

Liverpool hit the woodwork for the second time of the match when Chamberlain popped a ball to Mane who was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but the forward’s shot bounced off the post and out for a goalkick.

Mane did eventually get his goal to seal the tie when left back Andy Robertson sent a cross across the 18-yard-box, leaving Mane with a simple tap home to effectively kill the Hammers' hopes of getting a result.

Terriers heap more misery on Baggies

Huddersfield Town left West Brom Albion entrenched at the bottom of the Premier League standings with their 2-1 victory on Saturday. 

  • West Brom 1 Huddersfield 2
  • Van La Parra on target on 48'
  • Mounie adds a second on 56'
  • Dawson pulls a goal back on 64'

Match summary

Rajiv Van La Parra's goal minutes after the restart knocked the stuffing out of a struggling West Brom side, who were further pegged back by Steve Mounie.

Craig Dawson pulled a goal back with plenty of time to rescue the tie, but the home side were ultimately unable to further affect the scoreline.

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West Brom started brightly with Salomon Rondon firing in the first attempt of the afternoon from 25 yards out that ultimately flew well over the bar.

Huddersfield were getting on the ball but doing very little with in during the opening exchanges, but they appeared more than happy to soak up the early pressure from the Baggies.

A Kieran Gibbs cross on 26 minutes failed to pick out Rondon or Jay Rodriguez while Jonas Lossl got fingertips to a Matt Phillips free-kick from a very tight angle with 32 minutes on the clock.

Rodriguez may well have handed the Baggies a 32nd minute lead but he swung and missed a ball from James McClean following a corner routine.

Ben Foster was quick off his line to pounce on the loose ball as it fell to Van La Parra as Alex Pritchard's initial shot was inexplicably blocked by his own teammate, Mounie, en route to goal.

Florent Hadergjonaj blocked a McClean shot as the half drew to a close, ahead of West Brom's best chance of the half where a Phillips cross was met by on the volley by McClean, but squirmed off target.

After a less than action-packed first-half, Huddersfield found themselves ahead three minutes into the second period through Van La Parra.

A low cross from the goalscorer was picked up by Mounie who picked out Collin Quaner to in turn feed Van La Parra, whose mis-hit shot bobbled home.

Daniel Williams was close to extending the Terriers' lead with a shot from 20 yards that flew wide, moments before Gareth Barry stung the palms of Lossl at the other end.

But it only got worse for the hosts as Mounie scored on 56 minutes to leave West Brom with a mountain to climb to get back into this game.

A Pritchard through ball dissected the Baggies defence, leaving Mounie to race through and curl a shot past Foster.

But just when it appeared as if all hope was lost, Craig Dawson popped up on 64 minutes with a free header from well whipped in corner.

Foster then did well to palm away a Williams volley ahead of a fingertip save from Lossl to deny Chris Brunt from a 71st minute free-kick.

Foster was also able to keep out Van La Parra's low shot with his foot to stop Huddersfield from running away with this tie, as Dawson wasted the chance to secure a point for West Brom with a header he failed to keep down.

Alan Pardew's side were camped in their opponents final third for the rest of the tie, but try as they might, West Brom were unable to force an equaliser.

Bakgaga held by Rise and Shine

Baroka FC were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

  • Baroka 1 Polokwane City 1
  • Ngalande opens the scoring on 11'  
  • Ramagalela levels from the spot on 24'

Match summary

Robin Ngalande gave the hosts an 11th minute lead but despite dominating large parts of this game, Baroka claimed a solitary point after Rodney Ramagalela's 24th minute penalty.

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Baroka were quickly out of the blocks and got down the left flank through Talent Chawapiwa, whose goalbound cross was well cleared by the Polokwane defence.

The hosts may well have taken the lead from an eighth minute free-kick but Gift Motupa's close-range header flew just over the target.

Bakgaga though were soon ahead, with 11 minutes on the clock as Ngalande followed up a saved Chawapiwa effort to slot home the rebound.

Jabu Maluleke's 20th minute set-piece was deflected away from danger as Polokwane struggled to assert themselves in this tie, but the awarding of a penalty three minutes later changed the complexion of the game.

The referee had no option but to point to the spot after spotting a hand ball in the area by Mathari Mothupa following a good burst forward from Marvin Sikhosana.

Ramagalela fired the ball down the middle of the goal, leaving Ayanda Dlamini with no chance.

Dlamini though kept his side in the game with an excellent save on 33 minutes, denying Sammy Seabi with a powerful left-handed stop.

Polokwane proceeded to the end the half the stronger of the two sides, while the start of the second half was a more subdued affair.

The first real chance fell to Baroka's Mpho Kgaswane, who fired into the side-netting after some sensational skill from Motupa to pick out his teammate.

Kgaswane then volleyed wide after some more good approach play from the hosts as Abdi Banda got back well to stop Ramagalela from volleying in a second.

Letladi Madubanya was next to shoot just off target, following some pinball in the Polokwane box, while Madubanya couldn't get enough power to his back post header from a 74th minute free-kick as George Chigova saved comfortably.

Baroka upped the tempo in search of a winner, but Motupa was unable to find a way through a clutch of City defenders, as Tebogo Sodi had a goal disallowed for offside - and despite camping in their opponents' half for the final 10 minutes, Baroka were forced to accept a point.

Leicester and Stoke share the spoils

Jack Butland's own-goal cancelled out Xherdan Shaqiri's classy opener as Stoke City and Leicester City played to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • Leicester City 1 Stoke City 1
  • Shaqiri picks out the bottom corner
  • Butland error draws Foxes level

Match Summary

This was a scrappy game for most of the first half, and the break arrived with the one moment of quality separating the two teams after Shaqiri put the Potters ahead just before half-time.

Jack Butland pulled off some spectacular saves to keep Stoke in the game late on, but it was his own-goal that cancelled out their lead when he failed to deal with a cross from Marc Albrighton, somehow managing to turn the ball into his own net.

Full Report

Leicester made an aggressive start to the match but before long Stoke were able to get a grip on the hosts, with neither side gelling in the opening stages.

After s poor opening half an hour, two chances arrived one after the other at either end of the pitch. First, Mame-Biram Diouf was flagged offside from Shaqiri’s pass just as Stoke found themselves three on one.

A few minutes later and a Leicester counter attack put Mahrez clear down the right, but the Algerian curled his effort wide after cutting inside and deciding to go for goal himself rather than look for Jamie Vardy.

The incisiveness that was lacking in the first half was provided just before the break by Shaqiri to open the scoring. The ball was stolen off Wilfred Ndidi as Joe Allen picked out the Swiss playmaker on the edge of the box, and he did the rest with one touch to set himself up before firing into the bottom corner.

As the second half got underway Leicester resumed their efforts to find the equaliser but continued to struggle to fashion chances, and almost went further behind when Kasper Schmeichel made a reckless pass to Harry Maguire that allowed Shaqiri to look for his second of the day, but his first-time effort went wide.

As the hour mark arrived Leicester manager Claude Puel made his move, replacing Demarai Gray and Danny Simpson with Fousseni Diabate and Kelechi Iheanacho in an attacking change. Paul Lambert responded by taking off Diouf for teenage forward Tyrese Campbell, son of former Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Everton and West Brom striker Kevin Campbell.

The equaliser arrived soon afterwards, but the Foxes needed to rely on a big error from Butland to get it. Mahrez picked out Marc Albrighton down the right wing and his drilled ball across goal evaded Vardy at the near post and should have been easily collected by Butland, but the goalkeeper somehow managed to let it sneak over the line.

As the 80th minute arrived the Foxes had two chances to take the lead in quick succession. First Mahrez saw his long-range effort saved fantastically by Butland before Maguire had a dig after working his way down the right edge of the box, and thumping the outside of the post from a tight angle via Butland’s fingertip.

The next chance fell to Stoke, with Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting combining with Shaqiri and the latter playing the ball across goal, but Campbell was unable to get to it as the game opened up in the closing stages.

Mahrez came close again with just a few minutes to go when he latched onto a poor backwards header from Charlie Adam and tried to find a way to goal past Butland and Kurt Zouma. A moment later and Ndidi rattled the woodwork with a header off the post from Albrighton's cross.

Dembele proud of Poch praise

Mousa Dembele appreciates Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's praise but says it's important he retains is focus to maintain the standard of his performances.

The 30-year-old Belgian midfielder was labelled "a genius of football" by Pochettino for his all-action displays this season.

The Spurs boss compared to a number of former world-class players including Diego Maradona, Jay-Jay Okocha and Ronaldinho.

Dembele has starred for Tottenham in recent seasons, but his outings against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal and Juventus in recent weeks has taken enhanced his reputation significantly.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of facing Crystal Palace on Sunday, the former Germinal Beerschot, Willem II, AZ and Fulham man said he is enjoying his football.

He said: "Everybody wants to be appreciated and if it's the manager who says this then it's good.

"But the most important thing for me is not to focus on what is said but to stay focused on what we are going to do. I think as a team we are playing very well which makes it easier for me to do what I have to do.

"I like to have the ball as much as possible. I want to take on players but I like to pass as well. It depends on the game and the way we have to play, how I have to adapt my game.

"Sometimes there's more space so it's better to dribble and take on players but sometimes if it's crowded you need to keep it simple and use a different tactic to break the line.

"It's always hard to break the line when there are so many players in front of you. We have a lot of creative players in our team. It's very difficult to play against our style of team as there is always a simple pass to another creative player."

Juventus provide update on injured stars

Juventus manager Max Allegri believes winger Federico Bernardeschi may require surgery while striker Gonzalo Higuain is likely to miss Sunday's Serie A clash with Atalanta. 

Bernardeschi picked up a serious injury in last week's 1-0 victory over Torino when he sprained his knee and ankle in that encounter. As such, the swelling is such that it is yet to be determined whether he should go under the knife. 

Allegri told reporters: "Bernardeschi will be revaluated in 20 days. If by that time the conservative treatment has not had the desired effect, we'll see if he needs an operation. Unfortunately, that is the situation with Federico."

Meanwhile, Higuain picked up a knock in the same game and did not train with the squad this past week. The 50-year-old added: "Higuain got this knock to the ankle last week, he hasn't trained since and only worked separately from the squad, so it's very unlikely he'll be able to play tomorrow."

Meanwhile, a number of other stars are also in question and the Bianconeri boss provided an update as to their progress, saying: "Blaise Matuidi and Mario Mandzukic are available. 

"Mattia De Sciglio has a problem with his adductor muscle and will be re-evaluated next week. Juan Cuadrado is working, but still a long way off his comeback." 

In addition, key forward Paulo Dybala is also a doubt with a thigh problem and Allegri shed light on the 24-year-old: "I tried him out as a centre-forward yesterday, but I need to evaluate it.

"(It's) because we've got four games coming up: tomorrow, then Wednesday in the Coppa Italia, Saturday Lazio and the following Wednesday Tottenham (Hotspur). 

"It's unthinkable that Dybala could be ready after 40-45 days out to play 90 minutes in all three games. He played around half-a-hour against Torino, so it's about finding the right fitness levels in a decisive moment of the season."