EPL: Sheffield United stun Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Sheffield United produced a dogged and determined performance to claim a 2-0 victory over a disappointing Everton side devoid of creativity.The Blades managed just one shot on target – substitute Lys Mousset’s 79th-minute effort – in 90 minutes after Yerry Mina’s own goal had put the visitors ahead just before half-time.Chris Wilder’s side, back in top flight for the first time since relegation in 2007, are unbeaten away from home since mid-January and this performance demonstrated why that was the case.Organised, disciplined, decisive and committed to a game plan – almost everything their hosts were not having gone behind vastly against the run of play.Marco Silva’s team were previously unbeaten at home since February but having failed to press home their first-half advantage the latter stages of the game bordered on the chaotic in a hastily thrown-together formation as they tried to salvage something after last week’s chastening defeat at Bournemouth.It was in stark contrast to the way the visitors operated, never once deviating from what Wilder had asked them to do despite seeing little of the ball.Silva opted for Moise Kean up front but he looked like he was trying too hard to score, having not found the net since April 13, although he was not presented with many opportunities.One clever act of escapology out on the right saw him squeeze between the two bodies of Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell but his trickery was negated by a shirt pull pre-turn.Everton’s domination of possession led to little in the way of chances with the final pass often wayward or intercepted and for seasoned Goodison-goers what came next was all too familiar.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford came to claim Oliver Norwood’s inswinging corner, United’s first, and although there was shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Callum Robinson there was not enough, VAR ultimately decided, to warrant a foul.The ball going in off the apparently startled Mina’s shoulder merely added to Everton’s embarrassment.The unmarked Richarlison epitomised Everton’s weakness in front of goal with a poor header 10 yards out.Whereas United’s flexible back five encouraged their central defenders to regularly join the attack, Everton needed one of their holding midfielders of Morgan Schneiderlin and Fabian Delph to occasionally break the line.Silva rectified that 10 minutes into the second half when he dropped Gylfi Sigurdsson into a deeper midfield role, switching to 4-4-2 after bringing on Alex Iwobi and Cenk Tosun for Bernard and Schneiderlin.The hosts were re-energised and Wilder sent on former Toffees captain Phil Jagielka, who finally got to say goodbye to Goodison Park properly having left in the summer after 12 seasons, to add his vast experience to the rearguard action.Silva took another gamble with 20 minutes to go, taking off right-back Seamus Coleman with substitute Theo Walcott given instructions to hug the right touchline from an advanced position.However, Everton’s haphazard 3-1-3-3 set-up only seemed to produce confusion and not penetration with the visitors’ tried-and-tested organisation allowing them to profit.John Lundstram rolled a pass down the side and with Lucas Digne not tracking substitute Mousset and Pickford reluctant to come for the ball, the forward rolled a shot into an empty net.That prompted hundreds of home fans to head for the exit and suddenly next week’s Carabao Cup tie in Sheffield – against Wednesday – takes on unnecessarily greater significance for Silva.Tags: EPLEvertonSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Clonmel’s Gardiner through to next round in Olympic qualifiers

first_imgDean Gardiner’s hopes of qualification for Rio 2016 are still alive. The Tipperary man came through his latest Super Heavyweight bout at the qualifying tournament in Baku…Gardiner, who’s from Clonmel, scored a massive win over his Ukrainian opponent – and he’s now just two wins away from Rio Also last evening, Laois’ Michael O’Reilly won his last-16 bout and must now face the home favourite from Azerbaijan for a place in Rio on Thursdaylast_img

Phoenix rolls to 2-0, razes NorthPort

first_imgPlayers to blame for TNT’s 1-3 start, says Castro Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I told Eugene to reserve his energy because Alaska is a totally different team.”Phoenix further pushed the envelope in the third quarter dominating the Batang Pier 34-19 to build a 94-62 lead heading into the final frame.Phelps finished with a team-high 30 points with 15 rebounds and four blocks to leas the Fuel Masters while Jason Perkins added 18 points.Rashad Woods put up 42 points for the Batang Pier with Paolo Taha pitching in 15 points and five rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix torched NorthPort, 132-91, for its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fuel Masters joined Alaska atop the standings with 2-0 records while the Batang Pier are at the bottom of the standings with 0-2 cards.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ NorthPort was still in the coattails of the Fuel Masters at the midpoint mark of the second quarter, trailing by just three, 46-43, but that was just the start of Phoenix’s domination.The Fuel Masters finished the second half on a 14-0 run capped off by an LA Revilla layup for a 60-43 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Although the match ended in a much favorable way for Phoenix, head coach Louie Alas said there’s a bigger fish to snag and that is the next game against the Aces.“This will be Calvin’s [Abueva] first game against Alaska, and he I told him to leave everything on the line in our next game,” said Alas who played import Eugene Phelps for just 34 minutes. last_img read more

Mexico stun Germany as Brazil are held at World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Hirving Lozano scored the goal that sent defending champions crashing to defeat © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Mexico stunned World Cup holders Germany on Sunday, inflicting a 1-0 defeat that throws the Germans’ title defence into disarray as Neymar’s Brazil stuttered to a draw against Switzerland.The outstanding Hirving Lozano smashed home the Mexican winner in the 35th minute at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, leaving Manuel Neuer clutching at thin air on his return to the German goal after a nine-month injury absence. Toni Kroos crashed a shot against the crossbar for Germany but they were never able to get back into the match as they slid to their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982.“I don’t know if it’s the biggest win in Mexico’s history but doubtless it is one of the biggest for sure,” said 22-year-old Lozano.Germany coach Joachim Loew did not mince his words about his side’s performance, saying his team had played “very badly” in the first half of the Group F tie.“We weren’t able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective,” he said.Kroos said the Germans had no choice but to win their next two group games as the pressure mounts on Loew to turn their fortunes around against Sweden and South Korea.Neymar started against Switzerland © AFP / JOE KLAMARIf Germany finish as group runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round — a perfect chance for the Brazilians to avenge the humiliating 7-1 defeat to the Germans on home soil in 2014.Brazil, and their star Neymar, made their bow in Russia in Rostov-on-Don but gutsy Switzerland battled back to cancel out a Philippe Coutinho strike midway through the first half of the Group E tie.The Barcelona man found the top corner with a stunning curled effort in the 20th minute but Steven Zuber headed an equaliser from a corner shortly after half time and the five-time champions could not make their superior quality count.Four years after injury cut short his World Cup — Brazil suffered that defeat to Germany without him — Neymar is once again spearheading his country’s hopes.The Paris Saint-Germain striker’s participation at the finals in Russia had been cast into doubt after he suffered a broken bone in his right foot in late February.However, the 26-year-old forward has shown few signs of rustiness since returning for Brazil, scoring in consecutive friendlies in the buildup to the finals and started on Sunday.– German disarray –Germany had breezed through qualifying, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four.Loew has, like the Brazilians, transformed the team from 2014 to the extent that the man who scored the World Cup winning goal in Rio, Mario Goetze, is not in the squad.But his plans to become only the third side in the World Cup’s 88-year history to successfully defend their title were in disarray on Sunday after the Mexicans tore into his defence from the start.Mexico only lost one game in qualifying and have reached at least the second round of every World Cup they have played.In the first game of the day, Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a brilliant Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick in Samara.The victory puts Serbia in a strong early position in Group E ahead of games against Brazil and Switzerland as they look to reach the last 16 for the first time since becoming an independent country.Away from the football, Russian authorities said a taxi driver who ploughed into pedestrians on a crowded pavement near Red Square in Moscow on Saturday, injuring at least seven people, had been suffering from exhaustion.The taxi driver, a 28-year-old man from the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, told police during questioning that he had been working for 20 hours solid before the incident and had mixed up the brake pedal and the accelerator.And a space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.Violence against gays in Russia regularly makes global headlines. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more