Abraham’s Double Fire Chelsea To First Win Under Lampard

Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham (R) shoots to score his second goal, Chelsea’s third during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on August 24, 2019. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

 

Tammy Abraham fired Chelsea to their first win of the Frank Lampard era as the young striker’s double clinched a 3-2 victory against Norwich on Saturday.

Lampard had gone three games without a win in all competitions since he took over as Chelsea manager, but the Blues legend finally got off the mark thanks to his faith in Abraham.

Abraham had failed to score in his three previous appearances this term, but the 21-year-old striker bagged his first goal for the club to put Chelsea ahead in the sunshine at Carrow Road.

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A pulsating encounter saw Todd Cantwell equalise for Norwich before Mason Mount restored Chelsea’s advantage.

Teemu Pukki’s fifth goal in three games this season brought Norwich back on level terms before half-time, only for Abraham to give Chelsea the points with his predatory second half finish.

After a thrashing at Manchester United and a draw with Leicester in Chelsea’s first two Premier League matches, Lampard will have been encouraged by the displays of Abraham and Mount.

He has pinned his hopes on the youngsters to lead Chelsea through a potentially difficult season that sees the club under a transfer ban and without their best player following Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid.

While Chelsea have now conceded nine goals in four games in all competitions under Lampard, the former England midfielder will hope his team’s attacking potential keeps them afloat.

When Pedro suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Ross Barkley, it left Lampard to send out the youngest start league line-up for Chelsea in 25 years at an average age of 24 years and 208 days.

Abraham was one of the youngsters Lampard had backed to shine as he replaced Olivier Giroud after being benched against Leicester last weekend.

Subjected to racist abuse on social media after missing the penalty which saw Chelsea lose the European Super Cup penalty shoot-out against Liverpool recently, Abraham took just three minutes to reward Lampard for his decision.

Cesar Azpilicueta whipped over a precise cross and Abraham alertly drifted away from the Norwich defence to drill a fine first-time strike past Tim Krul from 10 yards.

 Touchline celebrations 

Abraham, who flourished on loan at second tier Aston Villa last season, celebrated by sprinting to the touchline to hug Lampard as the pair were mobbed by their team-mates.

Three minutes later, Chelsea’s creaky defence was exposed by Emiliano Buendia’s burst into the penalty area.

Buendia found Pukki, fresh from last weekend’s hat-trick against Newcastle, and this time the prolific Finland striker was the provider with a low cross that Cantwell turned in from close-range.

Lampard’s team responded in the 17th minute when Norwich were caught in possession outside their own area and Christian Pulisic fed Mount, the 20-year-old midfielder cutting inside and firing home for his second goal of the season.

Andreas Christensen’s point-blank header was superbly pushed over by Krul and Norwich were back on level terms in the 31st minute.

Buendia played a pass to Pukki and, with Chelsea’s defenders slow to react, the former Celtic forward demonstrated why he has taken the Premier League by storm with an angled shot that evaded Kepa Arrizabalaga’s limp attempt to save.

Mount and Pulisic were both narrowly off target, while Azpilicueta sliced over and Emerson shot straight at Krul as Chelsea pressed hard after the interval.

Azpilicueta appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge from Marco Stiepermann, but Chelsea’s pressure was rewarded in the 68th minute.

Picked out by Mateo Kovacic, Abraham left Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis in his wake as he jinked past the Norwich defenders before slamming a fierce strike past Krul’s mistimed dive.

Norwich’s Ben Godfrey headed against the bar moments later, while Chelsea were denied a fourth goal when Kurt Zouma’s effort was disallowed by VAR for Giroud’s foul on Krul.

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Pogba Shines As Manchester United Thrash Leeds

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (L) fights for the ball with Leeds United’s Adam Forshaw (R) during their pre-season friendly football match at Optus Stadium in Perth on July 17, 2019.
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Paul Pogba shined as an under-pressure Manchester United stepped up their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of old rivals Leeds on Wednesday.

United had faced criticism after an unconvincing 2-0 victory over a depleted Perth Glory on the weekend.

In a much-needed tonic, the Red Devils clinically dismantled Leeds, who have high hopes of returning to the English Premier League for the first time since 2004.

Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Juventus and Real Madrid, starred in United’s dominant first-half and was part of a pretty chain of passing to set up 17-year-old Mason Greenwood’s first senior goal in the seventh minute.

Greenwood’s energetic performance has the teenager in the frame for thesid Premier League opener against Chelsea on August 11, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“He’s got a chance. He’s more than capable and he’ll always be there in and around the box creating chances,” he told reporters after the match.

Moments later, a powerful strike from Pogba was well saved by goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

But it was only a matter of time before United broke through with a moment of magic in the 27th minute from Marcus Rashford, a livewire in the first half.

After a wondrous dribble past the lead-foot defence, the 21-year-old expertly tapped it past Casilla.

Solskjaer changed his entire lineup at half-time in a repeat of Saturday’s match against Perth.

United continued to dictate, with Phil Jones scoring a thumping header from a corner kick in the 51st minute.

Anthony Martial rounded out a spectacular performance in the 68th minute by converting a penalty after Tahith Chong was taken down in the box.

The first clash in eight years between the one-time bitter enemies fizzled out, but a near capacity Perth Stadium crowd of 55,000 underlined the rivalry’s stature.

Romelu Lukaku was once again absent fuelling speculation he had been dropped from the squad amid reports he was close to securing a move to Inter Milan.

United said the Belgian suffered a knock at training.

“He’s missed two chances to play 45 minutes and at this stage of the season it’s important to get everyone fit, so hopefully he’ll be available soon,” Solskjaer said.

Illness kept out goalkeeper David de Gea, who is reportedly close to signing a new five-year deal with United in excess of £350,000 ($435,000) a week.

United will have further pre-season games against Inter Milan in Singapore on July 20 and Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25, while Leeds will head to Sydney to face Western Sydney Wanderers.

Everton Confirm Rooney To Join DC United

In this file photo taken on March 17, 2018 Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney warms up before the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Everton at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. PHOTO: Roland Harrison / AFP

 

England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is to leave Everton for a move to North American team DC United, the US club and the English Premier League outfit announced Thursday.

“Everton and Wayne Rooney have reached an agreement for the player to join MLS (Major League Soccer) side DC United on a permanent transfer,” said a club statement.

“Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three-and-a-half years with DC United.”

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English Premier League Results

English Premier League results on Saturday:

Leicester 0 Crystal Palace 3 (Benteke 19, Zaha 40, Sako 90+4)

Arsenal 1 (Ozil 23) Newcastle 0

Chelsea 1 (Alonso 45+3) Southampton 0

Brighton 0 Burnley 0

Watford 1 (Doucoure 68) Huddersfield 4 (Kachunga 6, Mooy 23, 89-pen, Depoitre 50)

Stoke 0 West Ham 3 (Noble 19-pen, Arnautovic 75, Sakho 86)

Playing later (all times GMT)

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (1730)

Sunday

West Brom v Manchester United (1415), Bournemouth v Liverpool (1630)

Monday

Everton v Swansea (2000)

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Leading English Premier League Scorers

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah. Photo: Geoff CADDICK / AFP

Leading scorers in the English Premier League after this weekend’s matches:

12 goals: Salah (Liverpool)

10 goals: Kane (Tottenham), Sterling (Man City)

9 goals: Aguero (Man City), Morata (Chelsea)

8 goals: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Lacazette (Arsenal), Lukaku (Man Utd)

7 goals: Rooney (Everton), Vardy (Leicester)

6 goals: Martial (Man Utd), Sane (Man City)

5 goals: De Bruyne (Man City), Doucoure (Watford), Hazard (Chelsea), Murray (Brighton), Niasse (Everton), Richarlison (Watford), Firmino (Liverpool)

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English Soccer Players Mix With Next Generation In Hong Kong

Four top English Premier League teams wowed their smallest Hong Kong fans on Tuesday ahead of the Asia League Trophy.

Dozens of local primary school footballers met their idols from Liverpool FC, Leicester City, Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace along with veteran players and coaches.

Former Liverpool and English national team player John Barnes taught the youngsters how to dribble, while new Bromwich acquisition, Jay Rodriguez, also joined in the games.

Rodriguez said “The lads are great. They’ve made me feel really welcome and to come out here is a real honor as well – to see Hong Kong and come with the team is really impressive so I’m buzzing to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

At an earlier news conference, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said defender Robert Huth had been ruled out for up to two months after undergoing ankle surgery.

Huth did not travel with the team to Hong Kong and is undergoing rehabilitation.

Chelsea Renew League Title Hopes As They Beat Everton 3-0

Chelsea Renew League Title Hopes As They Beat Everton
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English Premier League Leaders, Chelsea have moved a step closer to the title as they overcame Everton with three second-half goals at Goodison Park.

Pedro’s 25-yard stunner, Gary Cahill’s close-range finish and Willian’s tap-in earned Antonio Conte’s side seven points clear ahead of second-placed Tottenham, who face Arsenal later on Sunday evening.

With the victory, the Blues could drop three points in their remaining four games and still claim a second title in three years, even if Spurs win all of their remaining fixtures.

Elsewhere, Gabriel Jesus scored a late equaliser as Manchester City came twice from behind to rescue a vital point in the race for a top-four finish and dent Middlesbrough’s hopes of premier league survival.

Newcastle United Celebrate Return To EPL

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Newcastle United started a promotion party on Monday by beating 10-man Preston North 4-1 at St James’ Park.

The victory means a return to the English Premier League for Rafa Benitez’s side.

Exactly 348 days after being relegated, Newcastle overcame their obvious nerves to bag a prize worth more than 100 million pounds and retain an outside chance of pipping Brighton & Hove Albion to the championship title.

The club has spent just one season outside the Premier League, and their return to the highest level of English football was a welcome sight for the historic club.

However, in order to avoid another relegation battle, the club’s manager, Rafa Benitez, will need to get his new additions spot on.

Arsenal Beat Middlesbrough 2-1 In Premier League Clash

Arsenal Beat Middlesbrough 2-1 In Premier League ClashArsenal have kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four of the English Premier League with a 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough.

A dull opening was brought to life when Alexis Sanchez’s superb free-kick gave the Gunners the lead just before the break.

Middlesbrough responded soon after the restart when Alvaro Negredo volleyed in Stewart Downing’s brilliant cross.

Consequently, Mesut Ozil secured the much-needed three points for Arsenal with a first-time strike the the 71th minute.

Arsenal Draw Manchester City In EPL Clash

Arsenal Draw Manchester City In EPL ClashArsenal on Sunday evening came twice from behind to claim a two-all draw with Manchester City at the Emirates in an English Premier League (EPL) clash.

The Gunners, who lost their last two league matches at home, were stunned by Pep Guardiola’s men as Leroy Sane put the visitors ahead in five minutes.

Theo Walcott levelled the score with a scrambled finish in the 40th minute, just as Sergio Aguero hit home on an angle two minutes later to see City move ahead again.

Eight minutes after the restart, Shkodran Mustafi’s header got the Gunners back on level terms and ultimately earned a point for the hosts.

Earlier, Swansea City and Middlesbrough produced a stale goalless draw which did little to enhance either team’s prospects of avoiding relegation from the league.

Madeira Airport Renamed In Honour Of C. Ronaldo

Madeira Airport Renamed In Honour Of C. Ronaldo
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The Madeira Airport has been renamed “Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo” in honour of the Real Madrid superstar.

Ronaldo attended the ceremony, which held on Wednesday, in company of his mother, girlfriend and his son, Cristiano Jnr.

Hundreds of locals, including school children were also in attendance.

The airport renaming, follows his homecoming game against Sweden, a return to Madeira’s capital, Funchal, where Portugal had not played for 16 years.

The ceremony also featured the unveiling of Ronaldo’s bust statue, which has been heavily criticised for having zero resemblance to the Portugal captain.

Tottenham Beat Stoke To Move Second In Premier League

Tottenham Beat Stoke To Move Second In Premier League, Harry KaneIt was a delightful English Premier League match for Tottenham on Sunday afternoon as they beat Stoke City 4-0 at the White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane netted three whooping goals consecutively in a space of 40 minutes after the match began.

The hat-trick hero subsequently made a brilliant assist for Dele Alli who scored the fourth for the hosts in less than two minutes to the end of the first half.

Spurs maintained the lead all through the second half to make the victory their eighth successive Premier League home win.

They are now seventh on the league table with 53 points, trailing Chelsea with 10 points.