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Barclays Premier League Fixtures 2017.08.12

Watford Vs Liverpool

Chelsea Vs Burnley

Crystal Palace Vs Huddersfield

Everton Vs Stoke

Southampton Vs Swansea

WBA Vs Bournemouth

Brighton Vs Manchester City
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08-13-2017, 01:33 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Manchester City 2: Ruthless Aguero makes the difference for Guardiola



The top-flight class of Manchester City and Sergio Aguero eventually told as Brighton and Hove Albion's Premier League bow ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Chris Hughton's men held firm in the face of near incessant attacking from the pre-season title favourites, but a late strike from Aguero and Lewis Dunk's own-goal sealed victory for City.Pep Guardiola paired Gabriel Jesus and Aguero in attack, with new arrivals Kyle Walker and Danilo providing support from the flanks in a 3-5-2 system.

City dominated possession and territory, but the extra defender perhaps took something out of their attack and Mat Ryan's stunning save from the Brazilian was City's sole clear-cut opportunity of a goalless first half.

Jesus also saw two goals disallowed as wave after wave of City attacks broke up on Brighton's back line, until Dale Stephens' error opened up space for a merciless counter-attack and City's opening goal and Dunk's unfortunate intervention settled the match as a contest.


Having overseen the first trophyless campaign of his coaching career last term, Guardiola cut a frustrated figure for much of the game, but Chelsea's defeat to Burnley and Liverpool drawing at Watford earlier in the day paint this below-par victory in much kinder light.

The party atmosphere at the Amex Stadium never suffered, though Brighton registered just a single shot in an opening half that saw one of the entertainers of last season's Championship season display a steelier side.

There were 21 players in Brighton's half as early as the third minute and Aguero lashed fresh air from Walker's cut-back early on, before Kevin De Bruyne's set-piece sighter gave Ryan a comfortable first Premier League stop.

De Bruyne's probing almost paid off in the 27th minute when a measured ball over Brighton's defence was bundled in by Jesus, but referee Michael Olivier spotted the Brazilian's hand making the crucial final touch and the goal was ruled out.

City were soon back in their stride, though, and only a razor-sharp Ryan save denied Jesus' planted header before the off-balance Brazil striker thrashed the rebound against the post.

Brighton counter-attacks regularly broke up against City's three-man defence, but the half-time whistle was greeted with loud cheers regardless after 45 minutes of stiff resistance.

Jesus saw another goal chalked off shortly after the restart, with David Silva straying fractionally offside on the end of a stunning Fernandinho pass and Aguero spurned a one-on-one opening under pressure from Dunk as City resumed their dominance of the contest.

Brighton's first spell of concerted pressure followed and Shane Duffy's shot after a corner-kick melee was deflected wide before Ederson made a hash of the following delivery and Davy Propper drilled narrowly off-target.But the hosts were delivered a lesson in the Premier League's ruthlessness with 20 minutes to go as City finally went ahead.

Stephens lost possession on halfway and City raced through an unset defence with De Bruyne finding Silva, whose instant pass into Aguero allowed the master marksman to take a touch and finish.

Five minutes later, Dunk thundered a header past Ryan in challenging Jesus to put the result to bed, but the centre-back's place on the scoresheet was unjust after a fine display.
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08-13-2017, 01:35 AM

Chelsea 2 Burnley 3: Nine-man Premier League champions fall to stunning defeat



Nine-man Chelsea fell to a shock 3-2 home defeat against Burnley as their Premier League title defence began with a stunning upset.Captain Gary Cahill was sent off after just 14 minutes for a challenge on Steven Defour, but that was just the start of the astonishing drama at Stamford Bridge.

Sam Vokes starred for Burnley with two of his side's three goals before half-time, Stephen Ward also netting in between the Wales striker's double.In-form Vokes now has seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances after netting only five in the previous 58.

Antonio Conte gave Alvaro Morata 31 minutes from the substitutes' bench on his Premier League debut and he scored with a header.

Any hopes of a recovery were dented when Cesc Fabregas was sent off after collecting a second booking late on, although David Luiz did set up a grandstand finish with a powerful volley to make it 3-2 with two minutes left. Robbie Brady then hit the post at the opposite end from a free-kick as Burnley pushed for a fourth.

The unexpected result is Chelsea's first opening-day defeat for 19 years and only the second time the Premier League's defending champions have lost their first game in 26 years.


Cahill's early departure stunned Stamford Bridge, the defender taking a heavy touch and diving forward with his boot raised in a bid to win back possession against Defour, with referee Craig Pawson immediately brandishing a straight red.

It was the third consecutive competitive match in which the Blues have received a red card, having had Victor Moses sent off in May's FA Cup final and Pedro removed in last week's Community Shield, both games against Arsenal. Conte made a tactical reshuffle after Cahill's exit, Andreas Christensen coming on for Jeremie Boga, who had been named a surprise debutant due to Pedro's injury.

Vokes had a header ruled out after James Tarkowski was penalised for a foul in the build-up, but Burnley soon scored a goal that did count as Chelsea's afternoon took another turn for the worst after 24 minutes.

Matt Lowton's right-wing cross found Vokes and he sent a bouncing volley into the far corner, with Thibaut Courtois unable to get across in time.Burnley doubled their lead after 39 minutes, Ward playing a one-two with Jack Cork before unleashing an excellent half volley into the far corner.

And four minutes later, Burnley incredibly scored a third. A quick free-kick led to Defour swinging in a cross from the right and an unmarked Vokes planted a header past Courtois, with loud boos greeting the champions when the half-time whistle was blown.

Marcos Alonso's long-range drive was tipped over by Tom Heaton as Chelsea registered their first shot on target early in the second half, while Morata came on to replace the ineffective Michy Batshuayi in attack.

Heaton made an excellent stop from Alonso's curling free-kick, but Chelsea did get a goal back with 21 minutes remaining, Morata swooping in to beat the Burnley keeper with a diving header after Willian's delivery found him in space.

Morata tapped in again soon after, but was denied by an offside flag after converting Christensen's delivery, which may have gone in had the ex-Real Madrid striker left it.

Any chance of a Chelsea recovery appeared to be at an end with nine minutes left as Fabregas – who had been booked for sarcastically applauding a Pawson decision in the first half – received a second yellow for a foul on Cork. But David Luiz then gave the Blues further hope, rifling a volley past Heaton after racing on to a Morata flick-on.

A frantic finale continued at the other end as Brady hit the woodwork with a set-piece as Burnley ultimately held on through four minutes of added for a famous triumph that piles the pressure on Chelsea after their tumultuous close-season.
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08-13-2017, 01:36 AM

Everton 1 Stoke City 0: Rooney winner seals dream Premier League return



Wayne Rooney enjoyed a dream return to Premier League action for Everton with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday.Quiet for much of the opening 45 minutes, the homegrown hero exploded into life with a well-taken winner in first-half stoppage time.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin assisted Rooney's opener and twice went close after the restart but the solitary goal proved enough for Everton to kick-off their campaign with a win for the first time in five attempts.

Everton had earlier struggled for fluidity as Ronald Koeman fielded five new signings from the outset, with Jordan Pickford comfortable in claiming a clean sheet.

Stoke looked bright in patches but, with only five teams scoring fewer goals last season, their troubles in attack still appear to need solving.Both teams began with three at the back and it was the away side who looked more incisive early, targeting the space in behind Everton's wing-backs.

Mame Biram Diouf forced Pickford to push a wayward cross around his near post while the hosts were restricted to shooting from range throughout the opening 25 minutes, midfielder Idrissa Gueye twice trying his luck to little effect.

Stoke, without an opening day win since 2009, looked the likelier of the two to score before the end of a cagey first-half until Rooney rose high and headed Calvert-Lewin's delivery back across Jack Butland to the delight of the home fans.


Everton turned up the pressure after the restart and only a brave Kurt Zouma block prevented Calvert-Lewin from doubling the lead prior to the hour.

Veteran midfielder Darren Fletcher soon fizzed a reminder of Stoke's threat past the post although moments of promise were far too fleeting for the visitors.Shifted higher up the pitch at half-time, Calvert-Lewin looked far more dangerous and drew a sharp low save from Butland.

Mark Hughes introduced last season's top scorer Peter Crouch and new signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting with around 20 minutes remaining but they struggled to create a clear opening in a repeat of last season's 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.
Xherdan Shaqiri did find time to unleash one last-gasp shot that seemed destined to snatch Stoke a point but Pickford proved to be Everton's saviour, flying to his left to tip the goal-bound attempt wide and seal the points.
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08-13-2017, 01:38 AM

Chemnitzer 0 Bayern Munich 5: Lewandowski at the double as Ancelotti's men progress in style



Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich prepared for the Bundesliga season in style with a convincing 5-0 away victory over Chemnitzer in round one of the DFB-Pokal.

Having capped off a disappointing pre-season with a penalty shoot-out victory over Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup last time out, Bayern wasted no time in taking the initiative against their third-tier opposition on Saturday.

Lewandowski opened his account for 2017-18 against Dortmund and his 20th-minute free-kick ensured Bayern took a lead into the interval despite a somewhat frustrating first half at the community4you ARENA.Kevin Kunz was sharp in Chemnitzer's goal, though he could do little to prevent Kingsley Coman extending Bayern's advantage six minutes into the second half.

And Lewandowski was in on the act again on the hour mark - his second of the game making things comfortable for Carlo Ancelotti's side before Franck Ribery's effort and a Mats Hummels header added further gloss to the triumph late on.


Bayern's focus will now switch to the hunt for their sixth successive Bundesliga crown, with their top-flight campaign starting against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.Ancelotti's men did not take long to assert their authority - Lewandowski, Coman and Thomas Muller all going close to nudging the visitors ahead in the opening stages.

Last season's beaten semi-finalists were in front soon enough, though, as Lewandowski's strike, with the help of some fortuitous deflections, found the top-left corner of Kunz's goal.

Ribery was the next to try his luck, his venomous volley forcing Kunz into a superb stop to ensure Chemnitzer made it to the interval without sustaining further damage.
Kunz, however, could not replicate his heroics after the restart.

Ribery turned provider with a brilliant cross-field pass to Coman, who set himself well before slotting a composed finish into the bottom-left corner.Chemnitzer refused to roll over, though, and would have pulled one back through Florian Trinks' effort if not for a last-ditch block from Hummels.

Bayern were quick to make the hosts pay - Corentin Tolisso weaving his way to the byline before supplying a neat cut-back into Lewandowski, who made no mistake from three yards out.

Though the home side toiled for a consolation, Ribery made sure to get on the scoresheet with a precise free-kick that gave Kunz no chance, before Hummels rounded off proceedings with a looping header into the top-right corner.
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08-13-2017, 01:40 AM

Rielasingen-Arlen 0 Borussia Dortmund 4: Aubameyang hits hat-trick for holders



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a hat-trick as DFB-Pokal holders Borussia Dortmund began the new campaign with a routine 4-0 first-round win over minnows Rielasingen-Arlen in Ousmane Dembele's absence.

The France international, the subject of a failed bid from Barcelona earlier in the week, was suspended by Dortmund for skipping training and missed this clash, but it mattered little against their sixth-tier hosts as Aubameyang punished some woeful defending after Marc Bartra's opener.

One week out from the start of the Bundesliga season, Peter Bosz's men were predictably dominant - even if they laboured a little in the time between Bartra's effort and Aubameyang's 41st-minute penalty.

Aubameyang's second then arrived just as Rielasingen were starting to threaten on the break and allowed Dortmund to coast through the closing stages, with his hat-trick goal arriving 10 minutes from time to make him the club's most prolific foreign scorer.

Dembele had dazzled and scored in May's final triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt and, while his magic was not missed in Freiburg against last season's South Baden Cup winners, attention will now turn towards an announcement from the club, expected on Sunday, regarding the winger's future.


A packed Rielasingen defence kept their esteemed visitors at bay early on, but the opener arrived after 12 minutes as Bartra met Jan-Niklas Beste's cross to stab a finish under Dennis Klose.

Dortmund had capitalised on the home side's failure to reorganise following a half-cleared corner and, although Danny Berger drew a save from Roman Burki at the other end in a rare forward foray, another defensive error teed up a second.

Maximilian Philipp ran clear and then went down under Klose's challenge as he rounded the goalkeeper, with Aubameyang coolly dispatching the subsequent penalty beyond Rielasingen's cautioned captain.The goal was just reward for Dortmund's dominance and Mahmoud Dahoud dragged wide as the visitors chased a third before the break.

An offside flag correctly ruled against Andre Schurrle as he volleyed into the net shortly after the restart and Aubameyang then tested Klose with a header towards the bottom-right corner.Rielasingen refused to give up hope of forging a route back into the tie, but a series of counters brought only routine stops from Burki and Dortmund soon put the result beyond doubt.

After 55 minutes, Aubameyang, who had tamely shot straight at Klose moments earlier, took the ball on halfway and sprinted through on goal to lift a left-footed finish over the keeper.Philipp then lashed wide from a good position inside the area and Sebastian Stark was similarly wasteful for the home side, before Nuri Sahin's stunning strike from distance clipped the outside of the post.



But it was Aubameyang who had the final say, brushing an off-balance defender aside in the area to guide the ball into the net and Dortmund into the next round.
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08-13-2017, 01:41 AM

Watford 3 Liverpool 3: Late Britos header denies Klopp's men



A goal on his competitive debut from Mohamed Salah was not enough for Liverpool to open their Premier League season with a win, as Watford snatched an injury-time equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw on Saturday.

The Reds' record signing netted shortly before the hour mark with what looked set to be the winning goal, only for Miguel Britos to nod the ball in following a corner after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet failed to parry the ball away from his line.

Stefano Okaka had headed Watford into the lead and Abdoulaye Doucoure restored the home side's advantage shortly after Sadio Mane scored a superb equaliser for Liverpool, who were without injured Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho.

The hosts were good value for their lead in Marco Silva's first match in charge but the erratic Heurelho Gomes brought down Salah early in the second half to allow Roberto Firmino to equalise from the penalty spot.

Salah turned the ball home from close range two minutes later to put the visitors in front for the first time but, just as they looked primed to claim all three points in Jurgen Klopp's 100th competitive match in charge, they were undone by more slack set-piece defending, as Watford grabbed a point.

The Hornets gave the Liverpool defence a scare seven minutes in, with Roberto Pereyra denied by a good block from Dejan Lovren after racing in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The visitors failed to heed the warning, though. From the resulting corner, Okaka headed the ball into the net off Simon Mignolet from inside the six-yard box, with four Liverpool defenders standing and watching the striker.

Silva's side were good value for their lead but Liverpool snatched an equaliser of the highest quality with their first shot of the match. Mane's one-two with Moreno was flicked back into the Senegal forward's path by Emre Can, and he swept the ball high past Gomes from 12 yards out.

Parity lasted less than three minutes, though. Tom Cleverley was played into the area by Okaka and his low cross from the right was kicked against the head of Joel Matip by Alexander-Arnold, allowing Doucoure to blast home past Mignolet.

Salah missed a clear chance for a debut goal in the first half but the Egypt international helped turned the game on its head within the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Gomes raced from his line to bring Salah down inside the penalty area, allowing Firmino to send the Watford keeper the wrong way from 12 yards and make it 2-2 10 minutes after the break.

Barely 90 seconds later, Watford's defence was undone by a simple long ball to Firmino, and, as his lob over the stranded Gomes threatened to bounce wide, Salah arrived to bundle the ball over the line.

A ferocious Alberto Moreno half-volley was tipped just over before Matip rattled the crossbar with a header, as Liverpool suddenly looked ready to run riot against a Watford side who appeared to be tiring.

Gomes kept out a Lovren header and Salah blasted over from 20 yards, but there was a nervy moment for Mignolet – confirmed by Klopp as Liverpool's number one for the season – as he fumbled a high ball before gathering at the second attempt.

Watford applied some pressure, with Mignolet saving well from debutant Richarlison, but the hosts made the most of slack defending once more to salvage a point from the resulting corner.

Liverpool failed to clear their lines from the delivery and Richarlison's shot came off Mignolet's outstretched arm and cannoned off the woodwork, with Britos on hand to head the ball over the line and spark wild celebrations in the stands.
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08-13-2017, 01:44 AM

Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day winner against Leicester


Olivier Giroud has confirmed that he will stay at Arsenal after netting a dramatic winner in their opening day Premier League victory over Leicester City.

The France international's future had been in doubt following the club-record arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, with clubs both in England and back in his home country reportedly interested.


But Giroud made his mark on Arsenal's new campaign on Friday as his late header secured a 4-3 win at home over Leicester City, who had led when the forward came off the bench.And, speaking after the game, the 30-year-old confirmed his intention to stay and fight for his place at Emirates Stadium."I will be remaining at Arsenal," Giroud told SFR Sport.

Giroud had scored 12 Premier League goals in just 11 starts last season, but Lacazette was selected for Arsenal's opener and netted inside two minutes.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with the former Montpellier man's impact, however, and offered Giroud a glowing post-match reference.

"I love the man and the player," Wenger told Sky Sports. "He is a fantastic guy as well – committed, he loves the club."He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay."But at some stage I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers.
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08-13-2017, 01:46 AM

Barcelona agree €40m Paulinho deal as midfielder bids farewell to team-mates


Paulinho has said goodbye to his Guangzhou Evergrande team-mates as he nears a €40 million move to Barcelona, Goal can confirm.Goal revealed in June that the 29-year-old had emerged as a top target for the Camp Nou club, but a protracted chase saw three offers from Catalonia knocked back, with the most recent one totalling €25m.


Barca have refused to give up in their pursuit, though, and despite Guangzhou's desire to hold on to Paulinho, are set to snap him up after putting together a package which meets the release clause in his contract.

The midfielder bid farewell to everyone at Guangzhou after Saturday's training session and will miss their next match against Henan Jianye as he will be flying out to Spain on Sunday for his medical.

Having made a move in the summer of 2015, Paulinho won two league titles, two Super Cups, one domestic cup and the AFC Champions League during his time in Asia. Thursday's 3-0 win over Liaoning Whowin, in which he opened the scoring, will be his last game for the side.He will be hoping to add to that trophy collection with Barca in 2017-18.

Ernesto Valverde has invested a sizeable chunk of the funds brought in from the record-breaking €222m sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in Paulinho and will be demanding an immediate return.The Samba star struggled to produce his best during a spell at Spurs between 2013 and 2015 but has enjoyed an upturn in form for club and country in recent times.
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