Manchester United defeated convincingly Liverpool 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
With brilliant David de Gea in front of the goal and the forwards who were quite superior than the opponent defense, Manchester United beat securely Liverpool scoring 2 goals in the 1st half. De Gea made several significant saves and he was also successful in one-on-one situations which was enough for the Reds to get more confused.
Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie were the scorers for the 6th successive MU win which are now placed 3rd behind Manchester City and the leader Chelsea. Liverpool is now on the 10th position with 16 points.
Just before the Red Devils’ first goal, Liverpool had a great chance, but De Gea stopped successfully Sterling’s shot from the centre of the box. In the same minute, Manchester United went ahead. The scorer of the opener was Wayne Rooney and he was assisted by Antonio Valencia.
In continuation of the first part there were some good chances for the Reds, but De Gea didn’t permit them to equalize the result defending surely the goal.
Five minutes before the end of the 1st half, the advantage was doubled by Mata’s header although he was in offside position. He was assisted by Van Persie. Till the end of the 1st half Sterling stayed dissappointed again after missing another attempt.
De Gea made another great save stopping Mario Balotelli who entered the game in the 2nd half. Twenty minutes before the end of the match Van Persi scored the third after Mata’s assistance.
After the last score, there were some good chances for both teams, De Gea brilliantly saved 3 Balotelli’s attempts, while Bred Jones, who played as a substitute for Mignolet, succeeded in stopping the excellent Van Persi’s shot.
The EL match between Besiktas and Tottenham was interrupted twice on Thursday evening because of floodlight failure. The match was marked by the win of Besiktas 1-0.
The first floodlight failure occured in the 8th minute of the match, after which the referee sent the players to the dressing room. However, the fans, willing to help, illuminated the dark Ataturk Olympic Stadium with ther phones. After 12 minutes of pause, the light problems were solved so the match continuated.
Disappointed Mauricio Pochettino described the floodlight problems as „laughable“ emphasizing that it was a big reason for his team’s defeat. “It’s frustrating if that happens, it was laughable. It’s not good for reputation of the competition.” – he said. The Spurs had to adapt to circumstances again as they had done two weeks earlier playing the match against Partizan Belgrade which had been disrupted 3 times due to the unconvinient fans’ behaviour. However, it had been a better day for Tottenham who had defeated Partizan and entered the knockout stage of Europa League.
In the first part of the yesterday game, there were some good chances for Chadli and also for Soldado who left the game in the middle of the 2nd half. However, the hosts, who played without Demba Ba, started better the 2nd half of the match which was crowned by Tosun’s winner from close range in the 59th minute. He was assisted by Sahan.
There were problems with light in stoppage time again, but it lasted shortly.
Besiktas are now placed 1st in their EL Group, while the Spurs are on the 2nd position. Behind them there are Asteras and Partizan Belgrade. This loss means that Tottenham will play against some of the EL leaders or maybe against some of the teams that won’t play anymore for CL.
The 1st CL phase was finished on Wednesday night after matches of Group E, F, G and H.
Manchester City and Schalke have entered the knockout stage. Bayern Munich, Barcelona, PSG, Chelsea, Porto and Shakhtar had been already entered the next phase of the competition.
The first goal of the evening was scored from penalty by Cesc Fabregas in the 8th minute after Esgaio’s foul. Soon after, the lead was doubled by Schurrle. Sporting started better the 2nd half and in the 50th minute Silva scored the first goal. Nevertheless, only 5 minutes after, Mikel scored another one for Chelsea. Thus, the final result was set 3-1.
“We were very focused and serious. I’m happy with that. I feel sorry for Sporting, I would have liked them to qualify” – said Chelsea coach.
PSG took the lead after Ibrahimovic’s goal in the 15th minute. However, their lead lasted shortly, because 3 minutes after, Lionel Messi, assisted by Suarez, scored his 75th CL goal. In continuation of the evening, Cavani and Moura missed another great chances for retaking the lead while Sirigu stopped an excellent Suarez’s attack. Neymar scored the 2nd goal for Barcelona in the 41st minute. He was assisted by Iniesta who played his 100th match against PSG in CL. After Suarez’s goal in the 77th minute, Barcelona finished the match on the 1st position of the Group F with 15 points.
“We have improved as a group a lot,” said Suarez.
For the match played in Munich, Bayern took the lead in the 18th minute against CSKA when Thomas Muller scored his 24th CL goal, this time from penalty. At the very end of the match, the win over CSKA was secured by Rode’s header in the 84th minute and Gotze’s goal in the 90th minute.
The Citizens defeated Roma 2-0, while Schalke beat Maribor scoring 1 goal in the 2nd half. Manchester City definitely took the control of the match in Rome and Samir Nasri announced the win over Roma netting in the 60th minute. Stepanenko put Shakhtar ahead in the 51st minute. Two minutes after, Meyer scored a very important goal for Schalke securing the placement in the knockout stage. Pablo Zabaleta, assisted by Nasri, doubled the Citzens’ advantage and la Lupa was directly sent to Europa League.
In the 45th minute, Ajax took the lead through Schone’s penalty after Antoniades’s foul. Five minutes after his 1st goal, Schone scored the 2nd one and soon after, the 3rd goal was scored by Klaassen.
Athletic Bilbao took the lead 10 minutes after the beginning of the 2nd half. San Jose was the scorer.
Dominant Ajax outclassed the team from Cyprus scoring the fourth goal in the 74th minute.
Bayern Munich – CSKA Moscow 3-0
Roma – Manchester City 0-1
Ajax – APOEL 4-0
Barcelona – PSG 2-1
Chelsea – Sporting Lisbon 3-1
Maribor – Schalke 0-1
Ath Bilbao – BATE Borisov 1-0
Porto – Shakhtar 0-1
Seven NBA matches were played on Monday night.
Cleveland Cavaliers reached their 7th successive win, this time over the Nets 110-88 who played without Lopez and Johnson. Beside the Cavaliers’ victory, the evening was special because of the royal couple’s presence on the stands. After match LeBron James, who was very happy and honored, gave William and Kate a couple of jerseys as a gift.
“It was their first time watching a basketball game, so it was an honor that I would be that guy they decided they wanted to watch,” he said.
It is the 12th win of the season for the Cavs who are also to face Toronto on Tuesday night.They were led by Dion Waiters with 26 points. Kevin Love gained 19 points and 14 rebounds, LeBron James 18 points and 7 assists, Tristan Thompson 14 points and 12 rebounds. For the opponent, Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 7 rebounds, Deron Williams 13 points and 11 assists, while Jerome Jordan 12 points.
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Blake Griffin was the hero of the 15th Clippers’ win, after he threw 3-pointer at the very end of the match. Griffin finished the match with 45 points and 8 rebounds, Chris Paul had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists, while J. J. Redick had 17 points. For the Suns, Eric Bledsoe had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists, Markieff Morris gained 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Goran Dragic had 17 points and 8 assists.
“When I shot it, I thought it was off, short, flat, but I got a lucky bounce.” – said Griffin who scored a lucky 3-pointer.
On Tuesday night, the Suns host Miami, while the Clippers will play against Indiana on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix Suns 121-120 after 1 overtime, while the match between the Wizards and the Celtics was finished after 2 overtimes 133-132.
The best Wizards were John Wall who had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 17 assists, Paul Pearce with 28 points, 7 rebounds and Marcin Gortat with 21 points, and 12 rebounds. For the Celtics, Jeff Grinn had 28 points, while Marcus Smart had 23 points and 5 assists.
The Kings defeated the Jazz, and the most meritorious for the win was Rudy Gay with 29 points and 6 rebounds. Darren Collison had 16 points and 6 assists, while 15 points were scored by Nik Stauskas, who had 8 rebounds. Gordon Hayword was the best for the Jazz with 19 points, while Alek Burks had 16 points.
Golden State Warriors beat convincingly Minnesota Timberwolves 102-86, while the other wins were achieved by Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks.
Indiana Pacers – Atlanta Hawks 92-108
Washington Wizards – Boston Celtics 133-132
Brooklyn Nets – Cleveland Cavaliers 88 – 110
Toronto Raptors – Denver Nudgets 112-107
Minnesota Timberwolves – Golden State Warriors 86-102
Sacramento Kings – Utah Jazz 101-92
Los Angeles Clippers – Phoenix Suns 121-120
In PL Round 14, Chelsea defeated Tottenham 3-0, Manchester City beat easily Sunderland 4-1, Arsenal defeated Southampton 1-0, while Everton and Hull drew 1-1 on Wednesday night.
In the beginning of the match at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham was better, but they didn’t took any of their opportunities. Harry Cane had 2 excellent chances – first, he missed a great header hitting the bar, and then he wasn’t precise enough kicking the ball beside the goal.
The Blues knew how to punish it taking the lead in the 19th minute. The scorer was Eden Hazard. He was assisted by Didier Drogba who played instead of Diego Costa.
Three minutes later, the advantage was doubled. This time, by the same Drogba who scored his 5th goal of the season.
After that, Chelsea took domination on the pitch. In the 73rd minute the final result 3-0 was set by Remy.
“They started better than us and should have scored before us, but after our first goal our team became more stable and confident and we controlled the game”. – said Mourinho.
It seemed that the points would be shared at Emirates Stadium. However, the Gunners finished the match as the winners by their late goal in the 89th minute. It secured their 6th position on PL table with 23 points, while Southampton, who were beaten for the 2nd successive time, are placed 3rd with 26 points.
In the 19th minute, Sunderland took the lead through Wickham’s goal. Only 2 minutes later Aguero scored a16-yards equalizer. And then, in the 39th minute, Jovetic scored the 2nd, assisted by Aguero.
Finally, in the 55th minute, Zabaleta, assisted by Nasri, scored the fourth.
Manchester City is placed 2nd on the PL table with 6 points less than Chelsea.
“We started well, but then Aguero appears from nowhere and does something special” – said Sunderland coach Poyet.
Lukaku scored the leading goal in the 34th minute for Everton, but Aluko equalized in the 59th minute and broke his team’s losing streak.
Premier League, Round 14:
Arsenal – Southampton 1-0
Chelsea – Tottenham 3-0
Everton – Hull 1-1
Sunderland – Manchester City 1-4
Burnley – Newcastle 1-1
Manchester United – Stoke 2-1
Swansea – QPR 2-0
Crystal Pallas – Aston Villa 0-1
WBA – West Ham 1-2
Leicester – Liverpool 1-3