De Futebol Arsenal wins their third Europa League match in a row!

Arsenal wins their third straight match in Europa League Group H play a 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

The Guardians Amy Lawrence wrote:” It takes something unusual to create a moment of silence at Red Star Belgrade’s boisterous Marakana. Five minutes from the end of a Europa League encounter that scored higher on atmosphere than intrigue, Arsenal produced the game’s defining moment and for a few seconds the sound cut completely as the home crowd took in the blow.

What a blow it was. The move of the night was carved out by Jack Wilshere, who changed gear to burst into dangerous space and exchanged passes with Theo Walcott, who picked out Olivier Giroud. It had been one of those nights where Arsenal’s hulking frontman looked a bit tortured, nothing going for him, touches astray, movement on the leaden side. But in that moment he adjusted his body to send an overhead kick arcing into the net. Giroud’s status as a great goalscorer has been a source of debate over the years but he sure is capable of scoring a great goal. The finish was glossed with spectacular flourish.

Arsène Wenger chuckled afterwards as he confessed that Giroud had come over to the dugout during the game with a special message. “He came to the touchline and told me: ‘We will score.’ He knew more than I did. That’s Olivier Giroud. He keeps belief when it is tough. That’s why he scores at moments you didn’t expect him to score.”

The Europa League is fast turning into a tonic for Arsenal. While the Premier League slips create fretful anxiety, this competition has been an escape of sorts. Giroud’s matchwinner ensured a maximum nine points out of nine and they hold a five-point lead halfway through the group stage. Next month they play the return game with Red Star. Another win would see them safely qualified with two games to spare.

Resting key players with wholesale rotation can backfire, but so far Arsenal’s B-siders have proved able to enjoy the Europa experience. All in all they handled a tricky night well. Wenger had tried to brush off the atmosphere effect, suggesting his team were used to a similar ambience in the Premier League. But this was no run of the mill vibe.

The Marakana, packed an hour before kick-off, crackled with energy, the colourful choreography and bouncing fans shuddering behind the goal as the teams emerged and the decibels never dropped. If the Emirates is a smart and boring uncle, the Marakana was like a punk cousin turning up the attitude.

t was a night for cojones, to borrow the word of the week. Arsenal’s hotchpotch side, with a handful of kids and experienced fringe players thrown together, settled admirably enough.

The defensive compilation was on the eclectic side. Rob Holding had unfamiliar partners in Mohamed Elneny, a midfielder by trade, and Mathieu Debuchy, a full-back who has been injured for most of the past two and a half years. In the circumstances, reappearing all of a sudden after so long away from first-team football, the Frenchman found an impressive performance that potentially gives Wenger another defensive option.

“I am pleased for him, he survived 90 minutes without any setbacks,” the manager said. “He had only one half with under-23s on Monday night. Overall it’s a positive performance for someone who has been out for such a long time.”

Wenger was also particularly pleased with how the teenagers on show rose to handle the test. “They showed a lot of character. It’s not easy to express that at 18. To play in such a heated atmosphere shows how much resistance to stress they have, which is an important quality at this level.”

Interestingly, the sense of occasion got to Red Star. At times they were almost overenthusiastic and as they bounded into the box they had a tendency to be too breathless to make cool decisions. Turning gallons of desire into the hard currency of shots on target was the challenge, and it was unfortunate for them that they came up against Petr Cech in dominant form.

The Czech goalkeeper made an excellent save to deny Nemanja Radonjic’s slammed shot, and late in the game kept out two more promising Red Star efforts.

Arsenal were wasteful, too, until Giroud’s late intervention. Although the striker took the grandest bow, Wilshere’s enterprise and eye for a killer pass again shone. Wenger said that the midfielder is edging closer and closer to inclusion in the first string.

“He will get a chance in the Premier League, don’t worry for that. At the moment it is going that way. He got a big kick in first half on his ankle but managed to get through the 90 minutes. Games of that intensity will help him a lot.”

Late on Milan Rodic was sent off for a second bookable offence when he caught Francis Coquelin in the face with a stray arm. Vladan Milojevic, the Red Star coach, felt it was a game-changer and reckoned he sees worse in the Premier League without punishment. The 10 men could do nothing to stop Giroud making the most important noise of the night.”

De Futebol Man U is undefeated in Champions League Group A

Man U is a perfect three wins in three matches in the Champions League Group play. Marcus Rashford scored in the 65th minute to lead the Red Devils to the 1-0 win over Benfica.

Man U is sitting in the catbird seat with nine points in Group A.

The Guardians Jamie Jackson wrote:” This was an uneven Manchester United display lit up by the stellar talent of Marcus Rashford.José Mourinho’s team were heading for a draw or worse until the teenager took hold of this Group A game following the break. Rashford had been terrorising Benfica with his pace when he stepped up to take a free-kick from 40 yards out on the left touchline.

The United striker spotted Mile Svilar, who became the youngest ever goalkeeper to start in the Champions League, out of position, promptly hit the ball over him and though the 18-year-old caught it, he failed to keep it from crossing the line to gift the visitors victory.

Mourinho made four changes from Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool. In came Victor Lindelöf, Juan Mata, Rashford and Daley Blind as out dropped Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian.

United kicked off hoping to achieve a seventh consecutive unbeaten away game in Europe, which would be their best sequence since the 16 between September 2007 and March 2010.

They did so against the Portuguese champions who had Svilar in goal, the Belgian at 18 years and 52 days eclipsing Iker Casillas’s record. United struggled to string passes together in the early exchanges and would so throughout the opening period. An attempted move involving Nemanja Matic, once of Benfica, broke down and Rui Vitória’s side turned United to put them under sustained pressured.

The visitors responded with a corner of their own, from which a Romelu Lukaku header crashed off the bar, but referee Felix Zwayer adjudged him to have impeded Svilar.

United had continued trouble with their first touch, with Ander Herrera, Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku among those who carelessly ceded possession.

When Matic hit the ball straight at Raúl Jiménez on halfway and had to scramble to stop the breakaway this crystallised United’s start. In an only partially filled Estádio da Luz their sloppiness suggested a sense of drift that could be perilous. United’s quality, though, means they can strike in an instant: when Blind found Rashford’s head this seemed the moment, but the No19 steered the ball over.

United asserted themselves further when Matic broke in from the left and hit a shot at Svilar that caused the keeper to make his first save.

This was 10 minutes from the break and by the time it arrived Antonio Valencia had conceded a free-kick close to the United penalty area along Benfica’s left. It came to nothing but Mourinho may have been preparing some choice words as he strode off at half-time.

Whatever he said had United flying from the traps as soon as Zwayer blew to start the second half. A brisk sequence involving Blind, Rashford, Mkhitaryan and Herrera ended with the Spaniard firing wide.

Next, Rashford skipped in from the left and fired at Svilar and United already seemed more purposeful. The 19-year-old threatened again when a lightening stepover combo fooled Douglas down the same side.

Rashford then drew a booking for Diogo Gonçalves , who pulled him down as the forward threatened to break at pace. This had become the Rashford show: one pass that was sprayed to the right deserved better than for Mata to cross it aimlessly in.

So, as all game-breakers can, Rashford decided to go it alone, scoring a memorable goal and causing Svilar’s blushes. The free-kick from the left was aimed over the young keeper’s head and though Svilar eventually clutched the ball, his momentum took him over the line to give United the lead.

The sight of Rashford limping away on 76 minutes concerned United while Luisão, the Benfica captain, was sent off in added time after picking up a second booking for scything down substitute Scott McTominay.

But this win means a maximum nine points and United will surely qualify for the knockout stages with ease.”

De Futebol Leicester City West Brom a one all Draw

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez nailed one in the 80th minute to save the Foxes asses. Leicester City and West Brom tied one all.

EPL Match Report:” Riyad Mahrez rescued a point for Leicester City after a Nacer Chadli wonder goal had put West Bromwich Albion on course for victory at King Power Stadium.

The Algerian scored his first goal of the season on 80 minutes as Leicester earned a draw in a Midlands derby that sparked into life late on.

Nacer Chadli put the Baggies ahead with a stunning free-kick from 30 yards in his first appearance of 2017/18.

But Leicester sensed an equaliser when stand-in West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, starting in place of the injured Ben Foster, picked up a knock and was unable to properly kick the ball.

And the Foxes were rewarded for piling on the pressure when Ben Chilwell crossed for fellow substitute Islam Slimani, who headed down for Mahrez to slam home. “

De Futebol- Man U Liverpool Tied. Man Shitty wins big time. Shitty at the top of the table with 22 points. The Red Devils are second with 20

Man U played for the point and the clean sheet. This is what the guys got. A nil-nil draw against Liverpool at the Reds house Anfield.

We will see how this strategy plays out as the season plays out.

Up next for Man U is Huddersfield at the Terriers house.

Man U has 20 points and a plus 19.

The Daily Mail:” Jose did what Jose does. And Jose got what Jose wanted.

Neither spectacle nor occasion will move Mourinho from a preordained strategy. Rumours that he would start with nine forwards and just one defender proved surprisingly unfounded. A point was what he needed and a point was what he took home.

It was Liverpool, with one win in eight game now, who badly needed a victory. Yet football’s oldest law says that it’s easier to contain than create. Mourinho knows it. Perhaps not to the extent that his fiercest critics would contend. Lest we forget – and he certainly won’t allow us to – his Real Madrid team were record goal-scorers in La Liga and his Chelsea side magnificent at times.

But right now, he doesn’t need the show. The flair associated with this club of old can be saved for the goal festivals against the likes of West Ham, Swansea, Everton and Crystal Palace. Liverpool away requires a different plan. And, as Mourinho famously claimed at this ground once before, he’s not about to play the part of the clown at the circus. The hoopla and excitement of the game, you suspect, moved him not a jot. His eye is on a bigger prizes.

It was Jurgen Klopp’s turn, two years into his Liverpool tenure and facing questions as to how much progress has been made, to show us what he’s got. The onus was on him; or rather, that is how Mourinho wanted the game to be defined. And so that is largely how it played out.

Not that it didn’t have all the ingredients of England’s most formidable football clash. Crowds thronged outside from breakfast time in anticipation of something special. When the time came, Anfield roared for Kenny Dalglish, celebrating the stand named after him on Friday and the knot of United fans in the corner shouted defiance. This remodelled stadium is now a fitting stage and at times that din was intoxicating.

Yet, frankly, the game itself, at present struggles to match the atmosphere, which is becoming the star of these ultimately-disappointing encounters.

At times, Liverpool threatened to break the leash with which had subdued them. Principally there was a moment on 36 minutes when Roberto Firmino produced a dummy which left Nemanja Matic bewildered. The Brazilian’s cross found Joel Matip six yards out: he shot and David de Gea saved brilliantly and instinctively while Mohamed Salah fired the rebound wastefully wide.

In those moments you could question Mourinho and wonder whether he placed too much faith in his own ability to contain and control a contest. . With Frimino, Salah and Philippe Coutinho, was always have a chance and as the defensive side, you always run that risk of being undone by a moment of genius. But those moments were few and far between.

Undoubtedly Liverpool were the better side in that they seized the initiative, as you might have expected at Anfield, and attempted to wrest the game from Mourinho’s grasp. And Salah, fresh from his Egyptian heroics, was incisive, cutting inside United’s defence with his pace, though his penalty claim in the 16th was rightly waved away.

But in general, Mourinho looked as though this was all in the plan and that nothing would disturb it. He has faced down more fearsome side that this Liverpool outfit in his time. There is pretty much a formula from getting away a high-profile contest with what he requires.

Starting with Ashley Young at right wing rather than left back was a clear indication of where the game was heading even before kick off. On those occasions when Romelu Lukaku did receive the ball and set off on a customary charge goalwards, neither Young nor Anthony Martial rushed to join him; their defensive duties clearly as much in their mind as their attacking role.

That said, United, with little more than a wayward Nemanja Matic shot to show for their first half, still almost went into the break head. Henrikh Mkhitaryan played in Lukaku and the Belgian forced hit it first time, forcing a fine save from his compatriot in goal, Simon Mignolet, on 44 minutes.

As time wore on, Murinho’s strategy received a more thorough interrogation Firmino’s strike on 49 minutes set both the side netting and Liveroool hearts fluttering; Joe Gomez lifted a ball into the box for Emre Can on 52 minutes which the German directed high over the bar. Still, these were chances and United, though hardly rocking, were at least a little shaky.

Liverpool continued to probe. On 71 minutes Salah was the breadth of stud away from connecting with a Firmino cross. By now Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford had joined the fray but more to reinforce the shape rather than throw caution to the wind. Liverpool introduced Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain on 79 minutes. To no avail. What had been preordained by Mourinho came to pass. It wasn’t pretty but you couldn’t help but admire the predictability.

Man Shitty blows out Stoke City 7-2. Shitty is at the head of class with 22 points and a plus 25.

Tottenham gets by Bournemouth 1-0.

Spurs are third place with 17 points.

Crystal Palace scored their first two goals of the season. The Eagles shocked Chelsea 2-1 for Crystal Palace’s first win of the season.

Burnley and West Ham tied one.

Swansea City doubled up on Huddersfield 2-0.

Man Shitty is in the catbird seat 22 points. Man U is second with 20 points. Spurs are third 17 points.

Arsenal had a chance to jump into fourth place. The guys stunk the joint out in the dying embers of match up when Watford’s Tom Cleverley nailed the match winner in the 90th minute plus two to give the Hornets a 2-1 win over my Gunners.

Arsenal took a 1-0 lead at the break on a rocket header by Per Mertesacker from close range off a corner kick in the 39th minute.

The Hornets didn’t quit in the second half. Watford came back to score two second half goals to send my Gunners home with a ton questions and their third loss of the season.

Watford is now in fourth place with 15 points.

Chelsea is fifth with 13 points and Arsenal is sixth with 13 points.

De Futebol- USA out of 2018 World after Humiliating 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago

USA is out of the 2018 World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago.

The Daily Mail: “The US men’s soccer team has failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

But should a referee have disallowed a goal that helped doom their chances?

Bruce Arena’s men were eliminated after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night.

A string of results from other games that didn’t go their way sealed their exit.

Panama beat Costa Rica 2-1 to secure their place in the 2018 tournament. However there questions over whether their first goal crossed the line.

Videos seem to show the ball never made it all the way across the whitewash, but the referee allowed it anyway.

The controversial goal was scored in the 52nd minute, and Panama went on to score once more, but the decision may have impacted the US’ fate.

Panama had to win their game to qualify. A draw would have seen the US through.

According to CBS, who reached out to U.S. Soccer inquiring about their options at appealing Panama’s victory, officials appeared pessimistic.

‘As far as I know there is no recourse,’  Press Officer Michael Kammarman said in an email.

‘Decisions of the referee are final,’ he added.

Still, according to the Confederation of North, Central and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), an appeal can be filed for ‘parties directly affected by a decision’ and with a three weeks window to file a claim.


It remains unclear how CONCACAF rules affect World Cup tournament rules.

Meanwhile, 28 years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night – the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week.

But the defeat – coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal – dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

De Futebol Chile is a step closer to making the 2018 World Cup

Chile scored a late goal to beat Ecuador 2-1. Alexis Sanchez nailed the match winner in the 86th minute.

The Daily Mail:” Chile survived a late scare to beat Ecuador 2-1 on Thursday and keep alive their hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia as they moved into third-place in the 10-team South American qualifying group.

The top four teams qualify automatically for Russia with the fifth-placed side facing Oceania champions New Zealand in a two-legged play-off.

With just one game remaining, Brazil are the only South American side to have guaranteed their spot, with Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Peru all dependent on results in Tuesday’s final round of matches.

Copa America champions Chile have perhaps the toughest task in their final match, against Brazil in Sao Paulo.

The five-times world champions have never lost a World Cup qualifier at home.

Chile have failed to sparkle this year, losing three of their last four qualifiers before Thursday.

However, Tigres striker Eduardo Vargas helped them back to their winning ways with a goal after 22 minutes.

Alexis Sanchez stole the ball on the edge of the box and fed midfielder Jorge Valdivia and his pass left Vargas in space 12 yards out to crash the ball past keeper Maximo Banguera.

Romario Ibarra equalised for Ecuador with eight minutes remaining but Sanchez was on hand three minutes later when Banguera could only parry a shot on the edge of the six-yard box.

Sanchez then had the simplest of tasks slipping the ball home for the winner.

De Futebol Brasil-Bolivia tie nil-nil

Brasil and Bolivia tied nil-nil in the high altitude of La Paz. Brasileiros are the top dog with 38 points.

Globo Esportes wrote:” com a Bolívia na altitude de La Paz, nesta quinta-feira, pela penúltima rodada das Eliminatórias da Copa, em um duelo que teve o goleiro Lampe como grande destaque. O atacante Gabriel Jesus, que viu três finalizações suas pararem no boliviano, deu parabéns ao rival após a partida. Apesar do placar igual, o jogador do Manchester City disse que a seleção brasileira mostrou mais uma vez seu comprometimento mesmo já classificada para a Copa.

– Três chances que não costumo errar. De cabeça ainda estou treinando, aprimorando, mas não posso errar, eu sei. Fui lá e falei para ele parabéns pelas defesas. A gente sabia que não seria fácil, tivemos chances claras, mas não conseguimos ampliar para gol. Saímos daqui de cabeça erguida, porque a gente batalhou, correu e conseguiu segurar a equipe deles – disse.

Ao todo, a seleção brasileira contou com onze oportunidades de gol, parando ou em Lampe ou sofrendo com a altitude de 3640 metros de La Paz, a capital boliviana. Gabriel Jesus admitiu o cansaço por conta da geografia em sue primeiro duelo em um cenário como este.

– Senti um pouco de cansaço, é normal. Primeira vez que jogo em altura assim. Pega, é normal. Conseguimos jogar, colocar o ritmo. Infelizmente, a bola não entrou hoje. É descansar para que nos próximos jogos conseguimos fazer outro belo jogo e marcar os gols. O físico pega bastante. O domínio da bola é em relação ao campo, que não estava legal, mas não podemos reclamar, é entrar em campo e jogar, enfrentar as dificuldades.

O Brasil fecha as Eliminatórias na última rodada (18ª) diante do Chile, na arena do Palmeiras, em São Paulo, na próxima terça-feira, às 20h30 (de Brasília). Líder isolado e já garantido no Mundial da Rússia, uma vitória confirma a ótima campanha do time comandado por Tite na competição, cujo aproveitando é de 74.5 % até agora, com 38 pontos.

De Futebol Cruzeiro defeated Flamengo 5-3 in a PK shootout to win the Copa Brasil

Flamengo lost to Cruzeiro 5-3 in a PK shootout to the final of The Copa do Brasil.

Globo Esportes:” Grandes clubes, com grande capacidade de investimento, precisam estar nas grandes decisões, disputar títulos. O Flamengo saneou suas finanças, melhorou seu elenco com jogadores de peso, frequentou o alto da tabela do último Brasileiro e nesta quarta-feira jogou a final da Copa do Brasil. Mas não basta. Há um compromisso que o Flamengo ainda não consegue cumprir, um passo adiante que o clube não consegue dar. E que também é papel dos grandes clubes: agigantar-se nas grandes ocasiões, conseguir se impor nos grandes jogos. Nesta quarta, voltou a entregar menos do que se podia esperar num jogo crucial, este no Mineirão, após ter feito bom jogo no Maracanã. E perdeu outro jogo crucial: 0 a 0 no tempo normal, 5 a 3 nos pênaltis para o Cruzeiro.

Houve equilíbrio em boa parte do tempo, mas sempre uma sensação de um pouco mais de ambição do outro lado, não do Flamengo. E, por mais cruel que pareça, Diego, um dos símbolos deste clube mais capaz de investir e brigar por grandes nomes, foi o rubro-negro a desperdiçar sua cobrança após um jogo em que fora pouco influente. Chegou-se a apostar, talvez num toque místico, que Muralha, símbolo de um problema de planejamento do clube — que jogou a final sob o comando de um treinador há 40 dias no cargo —, pudesse viver sua redenção numa disputa por pênaltis. Ele optou por pular no mesmo canto em todas as cobranças e não defendeu. O nome decisivo foi Fábio, 36 anos. Se decisões testam a personalidade, a vivência, não é de estranhar que Juan, 38 anos, tenha sido um dos melhores do Flamengo no Mineirão.

Finais assim costumam ser um exercício de moderação de riscos. Cada passe é medido, cada pequena ousadia é ponderada. Foi o ponto que uniu Flamengo e Cruzeiro. Quanto às estratégias, havia duas formas diferentes de tentar chegar ao gol.

O Flamengo buscava um jogo mais elaborado, cadenciado, tentando abrir espaços movendo a bola, que passava longo tempo nos pés dos defensores até a tentativa de um passe na direção do ataque. O Cruzeiro apostava num jogo mais direto, em buscar mais rapidamente os atacantes, buscando punir erros de saída de bola rubro-negras. Colocando na balança as chances criadas e perdidas, a proposta cruzeirense andou mais perto de mexer no placar.

O Flamengo jamais chegou à área rival em condição de finalizar, voltava a ser o time com aparente controle da partida mas sem contundência. Guerrero lutava contra a defesa rival, fazia bom jogo, dentro das possibilidades que o time oferecia: saía da área para ser opção de passes, esperava a aproximação do time. E cobrou uma falta no travessão. Mas faltava mais presença dos pontas perto do gol e apoio dos laterais. Em especial Trauco, opção de Reinaldo Rueda ontem, que tem como ponto forte mais a construção de jogadas do que o combate.

No mais, o jogo imaginado por Mano Menezes deu alguns frutos. Fala-se que detalhes decidem finais e um drama pessoal quase cumpriu a regra. O jovem Raniel saiu machucado e aos prantos aos três minutos. E a entrada de Arrascaeta desequilibrou a marcação rubro-negra. O uruguaio saía do centro do ataque e, pela esquerda, juntava-se a Alisson para bater Pará. E foi em recuperações de bola com o Flamengo saindo para o jogo que Arrascaeta e Thiago Neves perderam boas oportunidades. A de Thiago, a mais clara.

O segundo tempo trouxe um Cruzeiro que explorava mais os lados do campo. Perdera Robinho e voltara com Rafinha. Foram dez minutos de problemas para o Flamengo, pressionado em seu campo embora sem conceder chances claras. Perto do fim, uma falha de Muralha quase deu o gol a Arrascaeta.

Aos poucos, o jogo voltou ao seu roteiro de poucos riscos, embora o Flamengo trouxesse um Diego mais perto da área cruzeirense, tentando ser o homem do passe final. Conseguiu pouca coisa, foi muito marcado e não viveu sua melhor noite.

Rueda tentou lançar Paquetá na vaga de Éverton e, depois, Rodinei no lugar de Berrío. Mas o Flamengo viveu da luta solitária de Guerrero, que ganhou de dois adversários antes de acertar o ângulo de Fábio, que voou para decretar a cobrança de pênaltis como desfecho de uma final que testava os nervos. Na marca fatal, o Flamengo não deu o passo que ainda o separa do reencontro com as grandes vitórias.

De Futebol- Arsenal wins! Liverpool blew a chance to move into fourth place.

Arsenal defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0. The win gives the guys thirteen points.

Nacho Monreal 16th minute and Alex Lwobi 56th minute propelled the Gunners to the win.

EPL Match Report: “Nacho Monreal scored his first Premier League goal since March 2013 as Arsenal beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 to maintain their perfect home record this season.

The Spanish defender drilled in the opener on 16 minutes after Hector Bellerin’s blocked shot went in to his path.

Solly March hit a post with a ferocious free-kick as Brighton responded brightly before Aaron Ramsey went close.

Alex Iwobi doubled Arsenal’s advantage after the break, when he found the top corner following a delightful backheel from Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal are up to fifth following their fourth win out of four home matches this season. Brighton are 14th.”

Liverpool had a chance to jump into fourth place instead Toons had other plans. Newcastle and Liverpool tied one all.

Burnley defeated Everton 1-0. The Clarets jumped ahead of Liverpool into sixth place with 12 points. The Reds have 12 points tambem however Burnley is a plus two while Liverpool is a plus one.

Newcastle has ten points parked in ninth place.

EPL Match Summary on the Toons Reds tie:” Liverpool fell behind the clubs above them as they were held 1-1 by Newcastle United.

Jurgen Klopp’s side led at St James’ Park through Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant goal on 29 minutes.

Newcastle levelled seven minutes later when Jonjo Shelvey played in Joselu, who scored when Joel Matip’s tackle deflected off him into the net.

After the break, Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah failed to punish Ciaran Clark’s miskick, while Shelvey cleared Dejan Lovren’s header off the line.

Two Liverpool substitutes, Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both put headed chances off target.

In stoppage time, Newcastle substitute Mohamed Diame had a chance to score the winner, but his close-range shot deflected into the arms of Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool fall to seventh, while Newcastle rise to ninth.”

De Futebol Liverpool is finally off the Schnid

Liverpool hangs on beat Leicester City 3-2 for the Reds first win in four matches.

The Guardians Paul Doyle wrote:” Matches like this are what the Premier League does best, fast-paced blockbusters with breathtaking attacking and thigh-slapping clangers. Leicester and, especially, Liverpool are among the leading exponents of an intoxicating genre.

Jürgen Klopp’s men scored three splendid goals here but still needed Simon Mignolet to save a late penalty from Jamie Vardy to secure a much-needed win. Mignolet, almost inevitably, had conceded the penalty himself, rushing off his line in an attempt to intercept the ball, which he touched before clattering into Vardy. The goalkeeper also bore some blame for earlier goals by Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, even if he was not helped on those occasions by questionable refereeing.

In the end, however, Liverpool banked three points because their vibrancy going forward more than offset their problems at the rear, earning reward in the form of goals by Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.

It would be wrong to claim the German came into this game with many Liverpool supporters calling for his head, but it is true that a lot were questioning what goes through it. In particular, the failure to shore up a persistently leaky defence remained a vexing puzzle. After losing here in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday Klopp had said he was sick of conceding preventable goals. He would have been well advised to pack anti-nausea tablets this time, even though he was able to deploy his preferred centre-backs with Dejan Lovren and Joël Matip having regained fitness.

That duo, along with several other Liverpool players, could do with silencing a growing number of sceptics. They also had to subdue Vardy and Okazaki, who set about testing them early on. In the fifth minute Okazaki released his strike partner, who sprinted past Matip and into the box. Mignolet blocked his shot at the near post and, with Lovren hesitant, Riyad Mahrez pounced on the rebound but whacked the bouncing ball over from seven yards.

Then Liverpool found their attacking groove. Coutinho and Salah, both thrumming dangerously, combined slickly to create their first chance, although Emre Can still had plenty to do. The German almost did it perfectly but his drive from 25 yards bounced off the base of a post. Salah swatted the rebound wide from close range but turned out to be offside.

Salah was sharper three minutes later when he opened the scoring. The Egyptian sneaked behind Ben Chilwell to meet a lovely cross by Coutinho and send a powerful header into the net from an acute angle. Kasper Schmeichel seemed to be taken by surprise.

The same could be said of Mignolet moments later when the Belgian goalkeeper, as too often, was caught dozing. As he took his sweet time to kick clear outside his area, Vardy darted in to dispossess him. The ball squirted out to Okazaki, whose attempt to fire into the net from 25 yards was deflected wide.

As if reminded that they would probably need to score more than once to win, Liverpool hurtled quickly down the other end. Alberto Moreno was tripped outside the area and Coutinho curled a sumptuous free-kick into the net. The Brazilian was excellent throughout, showing why Barcelona covet him and Liverpool cherish the 25-year-old.

Leicester halved the deficit before half-time, with Liverpool complaining of injustice. First Matip was booked when Vardy went to ground, then Mahrez swung over a corner, which Mignolet came for and missed after interference by Okazaki. Joe Gomez, jostled by Harry Maguire, was unable to prevent Wilfred Ndidi’s header from bouncing off him and towards the net. Okazaki nudged the ball over the line despite being pulled back by Mignolet.

There are managers who in such situations would shut the game down to complete a 2-1 away win. Klopp is no such manager, at least not with these players. He can tweak his approach but really has only one setting: frenetic. So the spectacle remained thrilling, the outcome unknowable. “We would have loved to control it but it was a little hectic,” said Klopp of the period just after half-time.

Leicester played their part well. The breakneck pace suited most of their players, too, but not Mahrez, who was mostly a drifter before being replaced by Demarai Gray. Matip blocked a shot by Vardy before, in the 68th minute, Liverpool broke fast to increase their lead. The substitute Daniel Sturridge unselfishly fed Henderson, who slotted past Schmeichel from the middle of the penalty area.

Still Liverpool were not safe. Leicester hit back one minute later, Mignolet parrying a shot by Gray into the path of Vardy, who accepted the invitation to score.

Two minutes later Mignolet conceded the penalty. Vardy blasted it down the middle and the goalkeeper stood up to it to ensure the last laugh was his, this time.