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Premier League: Man City drop to third, Arsenal and Liverpool win




LONDON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) — Manchester City dropped to third place in the Premier League behind Arsenal and Liverpool after being held to a 3-3 draw at home to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham overcame a long injury list to come back twice from behind to claim a point in a game with plenty of alternatives.

Son Heung-min finished off a counter-attack to put Spurs ahead in the sixth minute, but he then had the misfortune to put the ball into his own net after Erling Haaland flicked on a cross.

Phil Foden put City ahead in the 31st minute, but Giovani Lo Celso equalized with a curling shot in the 69th minute. Jack Grealish again gave City the advantage when he slid in Haaland’s ball nine minutes from time, but Dejan Kulusevski looped over an equalizing header in the last minute of normal time.

Liverpool scored two late goals to claim a thrilling 4-3 win at home to Fulham, with Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring an 88th minute winner to give his side all three points.

Alexander-Arnold had helped open the scoring when his free kick bounced in off Bernd Leno, but former Liverpool player Harry Wilson leveled for Fulham just four minutes later

Alexis Mac Allister volleyed Liverpool back in front, but again Fulham quickly equalized thanks to Kenny Tete.

It looked like Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s 80th-minute goal would give Fulham a shock win, but Wataru Endo equalized in the 87th minute and a minute later Alexander-Arnold secured Liverpool’s nerve-shredding win.

Chelsea held on with 10 men to win 3-2 at home to Brighton after Conor Gallagher was sent off in the 45th minute.

Enzo Fernandez scored on 17 and 65 minutes and Levi Colwill struck on 23 minutes for Chelsea, while Facundo Buonanotte and Joao Pedro netted for Brighton, who were always chasing the game.

West Ham and Crystal Palace took a point each in a 1-1 draw with Mohammed Kudus opening the scoring for West Ham after 13 minutes, and Odsonne Edouard scoring for the visitors eight minutes into the second half.

Ollie Watkins’ 90th minute goal ensured a 2-2 draw between Bournemouth and Aston Villa that helped confirm Bournemouth are finding their feet under Andoni Iraola.

Antoine Semenyo fired Bournemouth ahead after an error from Diego Carlos after 10 minutes, but Villa were level when Leon Bailey cut in and equalized.

Dominic Solanke put Bournemouth back in front in the 52nd minute, but Watkins’ late header save a point for the visitors.

Two goals in the first 13 minutes gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, which extends their lead at the top of the Premier League after Manchester City’s draw.

Bukayo Saka opened the scoring in the sixth minute and the impressive Martin Odegaard doubled the lead seven minutes later as Arsenal looked to be cruising, although they failed to kill Wolves off and Mathias Cunha’s 86th minute effort meant some nervous moments in the Emirates Stadium.

Anthony Gordon’s 55th minute finish from Keiran Trippier’s cross gave Newcastle United a deserved 1-0 win at home to Manchester United that confirms Newcastle’s good form, despite injuries, and highlights that their rivals are still in crisis.

Dwight McNeil’s 67th minute goal gave Everton a 1-0 win away to Nottingham Forest to give his side a boost after their 10-point deduction for breaching financial fair-play rules.

Burnley thrashed 10-man Sheffield United 5-0, taking advantage of Oliver McBurnie’s 42nd red card to claim their first home win of the season with goals from Jay Rodriguez and Jacob Bruun Larsen before halftime, before Zeki Amdouni, Luca Koleosho and Josh Brownhill scored further goals in the last 17 minutes.

Second-half goals from Neal Maupay, Ben Mee and Shandon Baptiste gave Brentford a 3-1 win at home to Luton Town.

Source(s): Xinhua

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Haaland scores five as Man City beat Luton for FA Cup quarters





LONDON, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — Erling Haaland scored five times as FA Cup holders Manchester City booked their place in the quarterfinals of the competition with a 6-2 win away to Luton Town.

Kevin de Bruyne showed his importance to Pep Guardiola’s side with assists for the goals after three, 18 and 40 minutes, before Jordan Clark showed Luton’s fighting spirit with goals in the 45th and 52nd minutes.

Haaland made it 4-2 almost immediately after another De Bruyne assist and then scored his fifth of the night in the 58th minute after a pass from Bernardo Silva.

Mateo Kovacic made it 6-2 with 18 minutes left to play and the only setback for City was a first-half injury suffered by Jack Grealish.

Bournemouth and Championship leaders Leicester City exchanged over 30 shots in 90 minutes, with both sides hitting the woodwork, but no goals after 90 minutes took the game into extra time.

Leicester booked their quarterfinal place thanks to Abdul Fatawu’s 25-meter thunderbolt in the 105th minute, and although Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers got a hand to it, he couldn’t keep it out.

Anthony Gordon gave Newcastle a 71st-minute lead away to Blackburn Rovers, but Sammie Szmodics leveled after Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had tipped a shot from Dilan Markanday onto the bar.

Extra time failed to produce any more goals and Dubravka was Newcastle’s hero with two saves in the penalty shootout as his side went through 4-3.

Wednesday’s matches see Chelsea at home to Leeds United, while Liverpool entertain Southampton, Wolverhampton face Brighton, and Nottingham Forest are at home to Manchester United.

Source(s): Xinhua

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Gov’t announces ongoing development of tennis complex in Hulhumale’





Minister of Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Abdulla Rafiu has announced the ongoing development of a world-class tennis complex in Hulhumale’.

The complex will ne located near the synthetic athletics track in Hulhumale’. The project is being funded by Honorary President of the Tennis Association of Maldives Ahmed Nazeer, who laid the foundation stone in March last year.

Speaking to PSM News, Minister Rafiu expressed the significance of the complex in hosting top-tier tournaments, highlighting the government’s intervention with the Housing Development Corporation Limited (HDC) after a year of stagnation. He praised Honorary President Nazeer’s dedication to expediting the construction at his own expense, acknowledging his substantial contributions to the sport.

Additionally, Minister Rafiu addressed the challenge of Maldivian athletes transitioning from outdoor to indoor competitions. He also underscored the government’s commitment to establishing new sports complexes to mitigate the issue.

President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s Week 14 Roadmap emphasises the development of sports facilities, particularly focusing on football and netball complexes. Land allocation for these projects has already been completed, with the netball complex slated for Hulhumale’ Phase I and the football complex for Hulhumale’ Phase II. The initiatives mark the inception of five stadium complexes in the Maldives, designed to accommodate various sporting events.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Real Madrid beat Sevilla, while Barca move second in La Liga





MADRID, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) — Real Madrid beat Sevilla 1-0 in La Liga on Sunday night to move eight points clear of FC Barcelona and nine in front of Girona thanks to an 81st-minute goal from Luka Modric.

Modric fired home an unstoppable effort from outside the area to end stubborn resistance from the visitors, who had ex-Madrid captain Sergio Ramos at the heart of their much-improved defense.

Ramos received a homage from Real Madrid for his 671 matches at the club, before he and his Sevilla teammates went close to frustrating the fans in the Bernabeu.

Modric’s strike came after the ball had been only half-cleared, although Sevilla complained the original ball into their area had been aimed at Antonio Rudiger, who was in a clear offside position.

Both keepers made decent saves to keep the score at 0-0 until Modric’s goal.

FC Barcelona produced arguably their best performance this season to beat Getafe 4-0 on Saturday

Goals from Raphinha, Joao Felix, Frenkie de Jong and Fermin Lopez beat a below-par Getafe to move Barca ahead of Girona, who play on Monday.

Atletico Madrid, who were without the injured Antoine Griezmann, could only draw away to bottom-of-the-table Almeria, for whom Luka Romero scored spectacular brace to cancel out goals from Angel Correa and Rodrigo de Paul.

Athletic Bilbao, who play Atletico in the Copa del Rey semifinal on Thursday, were unable to take advantage of Atletico’s slip-up as they lost 3-1 away to Real Betis on a day when everything seemed to go wrong for them.

Chimy Avila put Betis ahead with his first goal for the club, and it was 2-0 when Unai Simon made a save only for the ball to rebound off Yuri Berchiche and end up in the net.

Nico Williams was then sent off for the visitors after sarcastically applauding the referee, and Yuri had to leave the pitch with a hamstring injury.

Gorka Guruzeta pulled a goal back for Athletic with a header in first-half injury time, but Johnny Cardoso’s 67th-minute shot made the points safe for Betis.

Osasuna and Las Palmas drew a mid-table match 1-1, with Unai Garcia opening the scoring for the home side with a 48th-minute volley, only for Kirian Rodriguez to smash home from just outside of the area in the 52nd minute to assure a point.

Darwin Machis scored a 99th-minute goal that saw Cadiz come back from 2-0 down at home to Celta Vigo to claim a point that maintains their chances of avoiding relegation.

Things looked grim for Cadiz when goals from Iago Aspas and Williot Swedberg made it 2-0 for the visitors, but Juanmi pulled a goal back with a smart finish and Machis saved a vital point in the ninth minute of added time following a corner.

Alaves and Mallorca drew 1-1 with a result that keeps the home side well clear of the relegation zone and leaves the visitors in trouble.

Carlos Benavidez headed Alaves in front after 75 minutes of a close match, but Matija Nastasic gave Mallorca a morale boost ahead of Tuesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal return leg when he nodded home an equalizer two minutes from time.

On Friday night, Santi Comesana scored twice as Villarreal won 3-1 away to Real Sociedad, with a goal from former Real Sociedad forward Alexander Sorloth rubbing salt in the wounds for the home side, who are dropping a lot of points at home.

The scheduled game between Granada and Valencia was postponed because of a fire in Valencia on Thursday which claimed 10 lives.

Source(s): Xinhua

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