We Gave Game Away, Klopp Says After Bournemouth Beat Liverpool

Liverpool, Manchester United, man United, Jurgen Klopp, Jose MourinhoLiverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, on Sunday admitted his side “gave it away”, as Bournemouth’s late comeback condemned his side to a first defeat since August.

Mr Klopp, however, insisted that he had no concerns over his goalkeeper, Loris Karius, despite the errors that contributed the hosts’ dramatic win.

Karius, who looked nervous throughout, spilled Steve Cook’s shot for Nathan Aké to convert from close range to complete a remarkable turnaround, as Bournemouth, inspired by their substitute Ryan Fraser, secured their first victory against Liverpool.

“We gave the game away, and the boys know that.

“Only because of us Bournemouth came back. It was our mistake to let them back in the game but, even when we were 2-0 up at half-time, I wasn’t happy because we weren’t playing too well.

“We were too static in our play and I didn’t like what I was seeing too much, so I told the boys that the game wasn’t over. We kept the ball too long at the wrong moments, passing it late, and, eventually, everything changed,” Klopp said.

Bournemouth had trailed 3-1 after 76 minutes with the visitors apparently in complete control, only for their defensive frailties to be exposed.

The victory had pushed the Merseyside club to third place, four points off the leaders, Chelsea, from whom Ake is on loan.

In other Premiership games, Everton got late equaliser to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw.

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier League

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier LeagueArsenal on Sunday afternoon defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to maintain fourth spot in the English Premier League.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool having won on Saturday, Arsenal needed all three points to maintain the chase on the leaders and break further ahead of London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs who lost to Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger’s men started well and got their reward early in the 12th minute with a calmly taken goal from Alexis Sánchez coming off an error from Steve Cook.

The Bournemouth defender got the ball from his goalkeeper, before slotting a scuffed pass back across his area and into the path of the Arsenal striker.

However, the lead did not last.

In what seemed like a harsh decision, Bournemouth got a lifeline with a penalty award after minutes of good pressure on the Arsenal defence.

Callum Wilson stepped forward to convert in the 23rd minute, making history as the scorer of Bournemouth’s first ever goal against the Gunners in history.

Walcott made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Ozil showed some lovely footwork, before curling a cross towards the back post. Monreal received it and guided a square ball towards the back post, which the England international was able to nod home from close-range.

Sanchez finished what he started and sealed the game for Arsenal in the 90th minute after Olivier Giroud picked out the Chile international in the six-yard box.

The 3-1 victory brought an end to Arsenal’s three game win-less run after draws against Spurs, Manchester United and PSG had left fans nervous.

The Gunners remain three points behind table leaders Chelsea.

At the Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Manchester United were again frustrated at home with a 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Southampton beat Everton by a lone goal while Stoke City also defeated Watford by same score line.

Earlier in the day, Watford lost 0-1 at home to Stoke City.

On Saturday, Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the league to 11 games with a 2-0 win against Sunderland while Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Manchester City a 2-1 victory at Burnley.

At the Liberty Stadium, fans witnessed an astonishing nine-goal thriller with seven goals scored after the break.

Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time as Swansea recorded an incredible 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace.

Nigerian winger, Ahmed Musa was a second half substitute for Leicester City as they struggled to a 2-2 draw against Middleborough.

Premier League: Arsenal Finish Second As Tottenham Crash

Arsenal, Spurs, Premier LeagueA hat trick by Olivier Giroud ensured that Arsenal finished second, above London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The Gunners defeated relegated Aston Villa 4-0 with three Giroud goals in the 5th, 79th and 80th minute capped by a Mark Bunn own goal in the 90th.

Tottenham went into the final match day of the 2015/16 season needing just a draw to finish second but Spurs who were title contenders a fortnight earlier collapsed 5-1 away to relegated Newcastle United.

The Gunners keep their bragging rights as they maintained the record of not finishing below Spurs in Premier League history.

Arsenal’s hat-trick hero Olivier Giroud said; “We were hoping to finish in top three but to finish second is very nice. We are really pleased to finish second and hopefully next year we can grab one more place.

“We wanted to start strongly, we knew it wouldn’t be easy and we thought Villa would fight, and they did well. But we were efficient up front and could have scored 3 or 4 more.”

Meanwhile, in other EPL final day matches, Champions Leicester City drew 1-1 at Chelsea as they win the title by 10 points.

Manchester City also finished in fourth place and secured Champions League football with a 1-1 draw away to Swansea.

Southampton defeated Crystal Palace 4-1 to move into fifth position but may be knocked out of it by Manchester United. Nevertheless, they have secured Europa League football for next season even if they end up in sixth.

West Ham have their ambition to play in Europe dented after losing away to Stoke City 2-1 courtesy a Mame Biram Diouf late strike.

Their fate is now solely dependent on the result of the FA Cup between Manchester United and Crystal Palace. If Man-U beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final a Europa League place filters down to seventh. If Palace win they are in the Europa League at the group stage.

Everton end the season on a high with 3-0 win against Norwich City, while West Brom and Liverpool played 1-1.

Man United’s final-day match against Bournemouth was called off on Sunday because of a suspect package found in the North West Quadrant of the ground.

Results

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Swansea 1-1 Manchester City

Everton 3-0 Norwich

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham

Southampton 4 – 1 Crystal Palace

Stoke City 2 – 1 West Ham United

 

 

Suspect Package: Man United vs. Bournemouth Game Called Off

Man United, Suspect Package, BournemouthMan United’s final-day match against Bournemouth was called off on Sunday because of a suspect package found in the North West Quadrant of the ground.

Two stands – the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End were evacuated before the home game against Bournemouth and sniffer dogs brought in to search the stands.

“The decision to abandon the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth match was taken after the police advised of the necessity to deal with a suspect package.

“When it comes to matters of security it is obviously right that Manchester United and the Premier League place the safety of supporters and employees foremost.

“The Premier League will seek to rearrange the fixture as soon as practically possible and will advise fans accordingly.

“It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologise for the inconvenience caused to fans we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so,” said the Premier League.

Wenger Admits Arsenal Victory Was Crucial

ArsenalArsenal coach, Arsene Wenger, says it was important for his team to secure the three points in Sunday’s English Premier League match against Bournemouth.

Wenger, who said the Gunners had a strong start and were 2-0 in front with a good convincing performance, stressed however, that they were weak in some periods and suffered a bit more.

“It was important for us to not concede a goal,” the Frenchman said, adding that “the second half was about keeping the result than continuing our flow in the game”.

The Arsenal manager said that his side had not won in a while for two reasons as they had gone four games without a win, admitting that their confidence had dropped a bit.

“There were some moments where Petr Cech had to make some saves. It was very close to the end but I do not think they created many chances,” he said.

Wenger also acknowledged that Bournemouth was a good team, adding that they could beat any team.

In spite of losing to the Gunners, he said they maintained their physical level from the first to the last minute of the game.

FA Cup: Chelsea Face Manchester City In Fifth Round

FA CupChelsea have been handed the toughest of fixtures in the English FA Cup fifth round.

The English Premier League defending champions, will face Manchester City after thrashing championship side Milton Keynes dons 5-1 away to advance.

A first half hat-trick by Brazilian Oscar put Chelsea in control by halftime.

Eden hazard, who had not scored for 30 matches, made it 4-1 from the penalty spot after 55 minutes before substitute Bertrand Traore, who had been on the pitch five minutes, scored his first goal for Chelsea to make it 5-1 in the 62nd.

FA Cup Defending Champions, Arsenal will take on Hull City in a repeat of the 2014 final.

Arsenal and Hull meet for the third year running, with the Gunners having eliminated the Tigers with a 2-0 win in the third round in 2015.

The fifth round ties will be played on the weekend of February 19-22.

Full FA Cup fifth-round draw

Chelsea v Manchester City

Reading v West Brom or Peterborough

Watford v Leeds United

Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United

Blackburn v Liverpool or West Ham

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Hull

Bournemouth v Everton

FA Cup: Arsenal, Spurs, Man City Through To 5th Round

fa cupArsenal scored two fine goals to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of a hard-working Burnley side.

The first, from Calum Chambers, saw the right back arrow a curling shot into the top corner, before the visitors equalised through Sam Vokes.

Alexis Sanchez re-established the lead in the second half when he got on the end of a sweeping counter-attack and that was enough to see off the Clarets.

A brace from Nacer Chadli helped Tottenham to comfortably beat League One side Colchester United 4-1.

Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored a hat trick to help Manchester City to a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Manchester City’s hat-trick hero said after the match “I’m so happy and grateful to score a hat-trick today. I took my time with the third goal, I let the keeper show me where he was going and I put it to his left. It’s a great feeling to score my first hat-trick. I hope there’s more to come.”

Manchester United had on Friday defeated Derby County 3-1 to relieve the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

Leeds United, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Blackburn, Bournemouth, Reading and Shrewsbury all secured victories on Saturday to make into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

West Brom and Peterborough will go to a replay after playing out a 2-2 draw.

EPL: Man City, Tottenham, Bournemouth Earn Convincing Victories

EPLTottenham Hotspur beat Sunderland 4-1 at White Hart Lane in the English Premier League early kick off on Saturday.

Bournemouth also defeated Norwich city 3-0 at the Vitality Stadium to move further above relegation in the EPL.

Goals from Fabian Delph, David Silva and a brace from Sergio Aguero ensured that Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Ethihad Stadium.

Elsewhere Steve Mclaren’s Newcastle United defeated West Ham 2-1 at Saint James’ Park while Southampton secured a convincing 3-nil victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Chelsea captain, John Terry, came from being the villain to a hero as the Blues escaped another home defeat on Saturday.

A late equalizer by the 35-year-old ensured the game against Everton ended 3-3 at Stamford Bridge.

 

Pellegrini, Ranieri Comment On Teams’ Performance On Tuesday

RanieriLeicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, is delighted with his team’s effort, saying a point apiece was a fair result.

This follows his side’s goalless draw against Manchester City on Tuesday.

With the draw Leicester, have 39 points from 19 games and trail Arsenal on goal difference.

Leicester City will host Bournemouth in their next EPL clash on Saturday, January 2.

Also, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, feels his side were “solid and consistent” as they were held to a goalless draw by Leicester in the top of the table clash at the King Power Stadium.

The citizens climbed above Tottenham into third, but are without an away win in the league in six outings since a 1-nil victory at Crystal Palace on September 12.

Van Gaal Admits Sack Fears

Van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis Van Gaal, says that his position is under scrutiny after his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City on Saturday.

Speaking in his post-match presser, Van Gaal admitted that he is under pressure because of the recent poor run of form.

He, however, insists that a change in management will not bring immediate success, before urging the club’s hierarchy to back him for the rest of the season.

United have lost their last three matches in all competitions and are winless in their last 6 games.

Manchester United were booed off by their own fans as Norwich earned a shock 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

English Premier League Results

In other English Premier League matches played on Saturday, Newcastle played a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in St. James Park, while goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro Rodriquez and Brazilian midfielder, Oscar gave Chelsea a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in front of new boss, Guus Hiddink.

Leicester City ensured they will be top of the table at Christmas by beating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.

Harry Kane scored on his 100th Tottenham appearance as they moved into the top four with a 2-0 victory at struggling Southampton.

Substitute Lee Chung-Yong lashed home a sensational winner for crystal palace at stoke to put the eagles level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.

Bournemouth secured their second away win of the season after a 2-1 win over Westbrom.

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL Clashes

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL ClashesManchester United and their rival, Manchester City are concentrating on their Champions League games on Wednesday night despite the duo’s derby this Sunday.

The Red Devils manager, Louis Van Gaal, said he would be satisfy with a point from a tricky away fixture against CSKA Moscow, especially after the team decided to do their pre-match training session at home in Manchester.

United striker, Wayne Rooney says he is hoping for a good result and any goals to his name would just be a bonus.

PSV, Eindhoven and Wolfsburg complete Group B where all four teams have three points from two games.

In the meantime, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, says he is wary of a tough Sevilla side, as they prepare without star duo David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Pellegrini’s men host their Spanish opponents in the Champions League Group D clash and go into the game on the back of their comfortable 5-1 English Premier League victory over Bournemouth.

The manager, who had just 16 senior players in training, had also brought in youngster, Bersant Celina to the session, as he assesses his squad’s casualty list.

Iheanacho Scores Last-Gasp Winner As City Beat Palace

iheanachoNigerian youth international, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored a last-gasp winner as Manchester City edged Crystal Palace on Saturday to maintain their 100 per cent start to the 2015/2016 premier league season.

Iheanacho’s late goal helped Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in their English Premier League match at Selhurst Park.

Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo also scored the winner for Watford in their 1-nil win over Swansea City.

Premier League Champions, Chelsea lost for the 3rd time this season with Stephen Naismith inspiring Everton to a 3-1 win at Goodison Park.

In other results, Arsenal beat Stoke City 2-0, Norwich City beat Bournemouth 3-1, West Brom and Southampton battled to a goalless draw, while Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-1 in the day’s last game.