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Rodgers bemoans off day for Leicester as winning run ends

Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester must press reset and start again in their pursuit of Liverpool, according to manager Brendan Rodgers after a nine-game winning run came to an end with a 1-1 draw with Norwich. The second-placed Foxes are now 10 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and face the Reds at home on Boxing Day after a trip to Manchester City next weekend. Leicester paid a heavy price for a poor start as Teemu Pukki put the Canaries in front before a Tim Krul own goal brought Rodgers’s men level before the break. However, Leicester lacked their ... Read more

Bayern’s Singh becomes Bundesliga’s first player of Indian descent

Berlin (AFP) – Sarpreet Singh became the first player of Indian descent to play in the Bundesliga on Saturday after the New Zealand international came on for the final eight minutes of Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen. The 20-year-old Singh, who joined Bayern in the summer from Wellington Phoenix in Australia’s A-League, made his debut for the German champions when he was introduced for hat-trick scorer Philippe Coutinho. Singh was named on the bench due to a personnel crisis which left the German champions without the likes of injured duo Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso, and the suspended ... Read more

Stendel suffers terrible start at Hearts

Glasgow (AFP) – New Hearts manager Daniel Stendel endured a miserable start to his time in charge as Callum Hendry’s header earned St Johnstone a 1-0 win at Tynecastle on Saturday. The substitute converted a near-post corner 16 minutes from time to lift Saints off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership and move them three points above Hearts. “You can see the players were trying new things but we didn’t deserve to win today, we didn’t create many chances,” said Stendel, whose side were booed off at full-time. “I hope the fans give the players more of a chance. At ... Read more

‘We’re just too safe’: Lampard lashes Chelsea after shock loss

London (AFP) – Frank Lampard urged his Chelsea players to prove they have the courage to cope with adversity after Bournemouth snatched a shock 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Lampard’s side were beaten for the fourth time in their last five Premier League games as Dan Gosling netted a VAR-reviewed winner with just six minutes left. It was a bitter blow for Lampard after Chelsea once again failed to deal with a team intent on defending deep and attacking on the counter. Not for the first time this season, the Blues dominated possession on home turf without showing ... Read more

Super-sub Gomis fires Al Hilal into Club World Cup semi-finals

Doha (AFP) – Veteran French striker Bafetimbi Gomis came off the bench to score the only goal as Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal defeated African champions Esperance 1-0 on Saturday to reach the Club World Cup semi-finals. Gomis, 34, replaced Gustavo Cuellar in the 65th minute before scoring the only goal of the game eight minutes later. Former Saint-Etienne, Lyon and Swansea striker Gomis found the target after flicking the ball over the African side’s defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. Al Hilal lost Mohamed Kanno to a red card late in the game but it did not ... Read more

Leicester’s winning run ends against Norwich

Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Norwich ended Leicester’s nine-game winning run to claim an unexpected 1-1 draw at the King Power that meant the second-placed Foxes fell 10 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool. Leicester paid a heavy price for a poor start as Teemu Pukki put the Canaries in front before a Tim Krul own goal brought Brendan Rodgers’s men level before the break. However, Leicester lacked their usual zip and Norwich’s excellent defensive display frustrated the hosts to pick up a deserved point. Second-bottom Norwich move to within three points from safety and Daniel Farke will be frustrated ... Read more

Salah stretches Liverpool lead to 10 as Leicester stumble

London (AFP) – Liverpool tightened their grip on the Premier League title race thanks to two Mohamed Salah goals in a 2-0 win over Watford to extend their lead at the top to 10 points as second-placed Leicester were held 1-1 at home by Norwich. Chelsea were also shocked 1-0 at home to Bournemouth to see their lead over the chasing pack in fourth further cut, while Sheffield United moved into fifth with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa. At Anfield, Liverpool kept their first clean sheet at home this season but only thanks to Watford’s wastefulness in front of ... Read more

Barca pegged back by Real Sociedad after Ter Stegen error

Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona gave Real Madrid the chance to go top of La Liga ahead of Wednesday’s Clasico at Camp Nou as they were held to a 2-2 draw by high-flying Real Sociedad on Saturday.  A mistake by Barca’s usually excellent goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen gifted la Real an equaliser in a thrilling contest at Anoeta between two of the division’s most attacking teams.  Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez looked to have turned the game around after Mikel Oyarzabal scored an early penalty but Real Sociedad claimed a deserved point as Ter Stegen parried into the path of Alexander ... Read more