Month: October 2014

League Cup Quarter Final Draw

Chelsea have been drawn against lower league opposition for the third round in a row in the Quarter Finals of the League Cup.

The Premier League leaders will have to travel to Derby County in the next stage as they attempt to win the competition for the first time since 2007.

Elsewhere Liverpool will have to overcome Bournemouth at the Goldsands Arena in a repeat of a fourth round tie in the FA Cup earlier this year.

Liverpool won 0-2 in Bournemouth on that occasion thanks to goals from Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge.

Draw in Full:

Derby County vs Chelsea
Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Sheffield United vs Southampton
Tottenham vs Newcastle

Ties are due to be played during the week commencing 15 December.

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FA Cup First Round Draw

 

Mansfield Town vs Concord Rangers

Gosport Borough vs Colchester United

Yeovil Town vs Crawley

York City vs AFC Wimbledon

Walsall vs Shrewsbury

Notts County vs Accrington Stanley

Chorley or FC Halifax Town vs Bradford City

Warrington Town vs Exeter City

Eastleigh vs Alfreton or Lincoln City

Basingstoke or Harrow Borough vs Spennymoor Town or AFC Telford

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Tamworth or Southport

Weston Super Mare vs Doncaster Rovers

Peterborough vs Carlisle United

Cheltenham Town vs Swindon Town

Bromley vs Dartford

Weymouth or Braintree vs Chesterfield

Chelmsford City or Barnet vs Wycombe Wanderers

Gillingham vs Bristol City

Portsmouth vs Aldershot

Norton United or Shildon vs Gateshead

Crewe vs Sheffield United

Grimsby Town vs Oxford United

Tranmere vs Bristol Rovers

Southend United vs Chester FC

Luton Town vs Newport County

Stevenage vs Maidstone United

Bury vs Nuneaton or Hemel Hempstead

Cambridge United vs Fleetwood Town

Northampton Town vs Rochdale

Eastbourne Borough or Dover Athletic vs Morecambe

Port Vale vs MK Dons

Macclesfield or Wrexham vs Woking

Plymouth vs AFC Fylde

Barnsley vs Burton Albion

Hartlepool United vs East Thurrock United

Coventry City vs Worcester City

Oldham Athletic vs Leyton Orient

Canvey Island or Havant vs Preston North End

Blyth Spartans vs Altrincham

Forest Green Rovers vs Scunthorpe

PREVIEW: Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Saturday 5pm BST)

Real Madrid welcome old foes Barcelona to Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening but will have to play the side who have still not conceded a league goal this season, without Gareth Bale.

The world’s most expensive player will miss the crunch match due to the same muscle injury that saw him sit out Madrid’s 0-3 midweek mauling of Liverpool in the Champions League.

Welsh wizard Bale was also an unused substitute in Real’s last league match at Levante in which the visitors cruised to a 0-5 win.

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed however that Sergio Ramos will be fit for tomorrow’s derby.

Barcelona meanwhile will be without Thomas Vermaelen, Adriano and Sergio Busquets.

Luis Suarez is expected to feature in his first competitive game for Barca with this weekend marking his long awaited end to a four month ban that started in June for biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s World Cup clash against Italy.

His new side did the double over Madrid last season, winning 2-1 at the Nou Camp and overcoming them again at Santiago Bernabeu in a ding dong battle that saw the away side return home with a 3-4 win.

It was a game in which Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick, two of which were penalties while his Ballon d’Or rival Ronaldo scored only once.

La Liga’s Catalan giants have kept clean sheets in all of their eight games this campaign, scoring 22 and only dropping points once so far (a 0-0 draw in Malaga).

Madrid haven’t been shy in front of goal though, notching 25 goals in their eight matches with Cristiano Ronaldo providing 14 of them.

However they already find themselves off the pace in the La Liga title race, having lost two games this season to Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad.

They are four points behind league leaders Barcelona but Saturday gives them the perfect opportunity to close the gap to just one.

Tottenham 5-1 Asteras Tripolis (Kane ’13, ’75, ’81, Lamela ’29, ’66, Barrales ’89)

Tottenham finally earned their first win of their Europa League campaign this season, a five star performance thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick and a delightful double from Erik Lamela.

Argentinian Lamela curled in a stunning Rabona effort from the edge of the box after 28 minutes for his first goal of the contest as he tries to justify his £30 million price tag.

His second, a volley from a tight angle, squirmed under Goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky at his near post to extend Spurs’ lead to three.

It was a home-grown product that gave the hosts the lead though as Kane scored his second goal in his third Europa League game this term with 13 minutes played.

The England under 21 striker struck home the opener from distance with his right foot into the bottom corner, leaving Kosicky grasping thin air as the underdogs went behind early on.

Kane tapped home his and Tottenham’s fourth with 14 minutes left on the clock, turning home a rebounded Moussa Dembele effort that gave Kosicky trouble, swerving away from the once capped Slovakia keeper and into the path of Kane who couldn’t miss.

He had his third six minutes after, provided by Federico Fazio’s cross, was headed home for 5-0. A triple against Tripolis capping off a successful night for Kane and his side.

An eventful night for Kane ended with him having to go in goal with Hugo Lloris being sent off for fouling an Asteris attacker. Substitute Jeronimo Barrales took the resulting free-kick which squirmed under the makeshift Goalkeeper.

Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Capoue, Dembele, Kane, Lamela (Eriksen ’76), Townsend (Lennon ’83), Adebayor (Chadli ’76)

Subs not used: Vorm, Chiriches, Stambouli, Soldado

Asteras: Kosicky, Lluy, Sankare, Zisopoulos, Panteliadis, Munafo Horta, Mazza (Bakasetas ’82), Usero, Rolle (Barrales ’73), Tsokanis, Parra (Alberto Fernandez ’80)

Subs not used: Theodoropoulos, Badibanga, Gianniotas, Kyriakopoulos

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid (Ronaldo ’23, Benzema ’30, ’41)

Reigning champions Real Madrid kept up their 100% start to this season’s Champions League campaign thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Karim Benzema.

Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldo set the Galacticos on their way 23 minutes in, capping off a wonderful one-two with James Rodriguez, letting the ball bounce before beating a despairing Simon Mignolet inside the box with an accomplished finish.

Benzema doubled the visitors’ lead on the half hour mark with a looping header from Toni Kroos’ cross, leaving Mignolet stranded in the Liverpool goal once again.

The French forward netted his second of the tie four minutes before the break when he bundled in a badly defended corner. Pepe scrambled the set piece into the path of the 27-year-old to end the contest before half time.

Phillipe Coutinho came closest for the hosts with a rasping drive in the first half that rattled the post but did not find the net to the relief of the under fire Goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Ronaldo, the ex Manchester United star who scored his first ever goal at the home of their arch rivals tonight, was keen to silence the boo boys during the 90 minutes but could not add to his tally, shooting wide on one occasion and was denied by Mignolet on a few occasions.

He was replaced later on in the second half by Sami Khedira with Carlo Ancelotti clearly having one eye on Saturday’s El Clasico which promises to be an exciting occasion on Saturday evening.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson (Can ’67), Coutinho (Markovic ’67), Sterling, Balotelli (Lallana ’45)

Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Manquillo, Lambert

Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo (Nacho ’85), Kroos (Illaramendi ’82), Modric, Ronaldo (Khedira ’65), Isco, James, Benzema

Subs not used: Navas, Carvajal, Medran, Hernandez

Chelsea 6-0 Maribor (Remy ’13, Drogba pen ’23, Terry ’31, Viler OG ’54, Hazard pen ’77, ’90)

Chelsea strolled to an emphatic 6-0 win over Slovenian champions Maribor to remain top of group G after three matches.

Goals from Loic Remy, John Terry, an own goal by Mitja Vila and two penalties from Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard secured the three points for the Blues at Stamford Bridge in what was a comfortable night for the Premier League leaders.

Remy opened the scoring 13 minutes in when he cut inside a Maribor defender and buried a shot into the bottom right corner past Jasmin Handanovic.

The France International had to be replaced soon after though due to an injury he suffered during the celebration of his second goal for Chelsea.

His replacement Drogba made it 2-0 to the hosts after 23 minutes with a penalty following Ales Mertelj’s handball.

It was three nine minutes later when captain Terry slid in to convert Cesc Fabregas’ low cross across the face of goal.

Number four came on 54 minutes through a Vila own goal, diverting the ball into his own net from Eden Hazard’s cutback.

The fifth was a second penalty coming 13 minutes before the end, Hazard calmly sending Handanovic the wrong way but sending his team very much the right way.

Maribor did have the opportunity for a consolation with a penalty of their own midway through the second half when Agin Ibraimi was brought down by Nemanja Matic in the box but the Maribor midfielder who took the spot kick himself was denied by the post.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Luis, Fabregas (Ake ’60), Matic, Oscar (Solanke ’73), Hazard, Willian, Remy (Drogba ’16)

Subs not used: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Salah

Maribor: Handanovic, Suler, Filipovic, Mejac, Tavares (Mendy ’72), Ibraimi (Zahovic ’68), Rajcevic, Viler (Vrsic ’57), Stojanovic, Bohar, Mertelj

Subs not used: Cotman, Ndiaye, Sallalich, Arghus

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United

A late Daley Blind strike rescued a point for Champions League chasing Manchester United at the Hawthorns as the Red Devils dropped to sixth in the table.

Blind’s effort, coming in the 87th minute, denied West Bromwich Albion a famous win over Louis Van Gaal’s side with a curling shot from the edge of the box after the Baggies’ back line failed to efficiently clear a cross from the right.

West Brom twice took the lead, firstly when Stephane Sessegnon blasted home with a strike that flew into the top corner giving David De Gea no chance in the Manchester United goal just eight minutes into the match.

Marouane Fellaini pulled United level three minutes after the half time break, smashing an unstoppable shot past stand in Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

Saido Berahino regained West Brom’s lead with 24 minutes left on the clock after substitute Fellaini’s equaliser, Chris Brunt’s intelligent through ball picked out this season’s top English scorer in the Premier League so far and he calmly slotted the ball past De Gea after losing his marker Phil Jones.

Robin Van Persie came closest without scoring for the visitors when his rasping volley hit the inside of the post, bouncing out to deny the Dutchman a place on the score sheet.

The hosts only fashioned eight shots on goal (two on target) during the 90 minutes compared to United’s 22 (seven on target) but will be proud of their display, especially given their 2-1 defeat at Anfield before the international break.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Pocognoli, Gardner, Morrison, Sessegnon (Mulumbu ’86), Dorrans, Brunt, Berahino

Subs not used: Daniels, Gamboa, McAuley, Blanco, Ideye, Anichebe

Man United:  De Gea, Rafael, Rojo, Jones, Shaw, Blind, Herrera (Fellaini ’45), Di Maria (Young ’76), Mata (Falcao ’72), Van Persie, Januzaj

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Smalling, Fletcher, Carrick

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham (250 word report)

Four goals from Sergio Aguero secured three points for his side to ensure Manchester City kept up the pressure on league leaders Chelsea while Tottenham dropped to sixth. 

The Argentine opened and closed the scoring, slotting home two penalties in-between, missing another while great Dane Cristian Eriksen provided Spurs’ solitary strike.

Aguero put his side 1-0 up 13 minutes in with a delicious finish into the bottom corner past a despairing Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham pegged City back 139 seconds later when a two-on-one scenario ended in Roberto Soldado teeing up Cristian Eriksen for 1-1.

26-year-old Aguero restored Man City’s lead on the 20 minute mark, converting a penalty after Frank Lampard was controversially brought down in the box by Erik Lamela.

He had a second penalty saved by Lloris later on in the first half but his third spot kick of the contest was buried like the first, sending the France number one the wrong way with 68 minutes played.

The game was put beyond doubt with a quarter of an hour left with Aguero fetching his fourth of the match, angling a shot away from the hapless Lloris.

Soldado had a penalty of his own saved by Joe Hart, the England goalkeeper diving to his right to keep out the Spaniard from 12 yards where he is usually so reliable.

Despite the convincing looking scoreline Tottenham did provide a good contest against the champions and could even have gone in front early doors but Ryan Mason’s shot was saved by the feet of Hart eight minutes in.

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham

Four goals from Sergio Aguero secured three points for his side to ensure Manchester City kept up the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.

Two of his goals were penalties while the others were delicious finishes into the bottom corner past a despairing Hugo Lloris.

The Argentine also had another spot kick saved in an encounter that saw four penalties awarded in total by referee John Moss.

Visitors Tottenham were too handed an opportunity to score from 12 yards but a normally reliable Roberto Soldado was denied by Joe Hart in the second half.

Sergio Aguero will take all the headlines though and deservedly so with a spell-binding performance that began with an effort that he lashed past Lloris with 13 minutes played.

He had his second six minutes later when he sent Lloris the wrong way from the spot following a debatable foul on Frank Lampard by Erik Lamela.

It was three for the 26-year-old with 68 minutes on the clock, scoring his second penalty goal after three attempts after Federico Fazio pulled him down in the box, the defender was sent off for his misdemeanour.

Aguero’s fourth came 15 minutes before the end in similar fashion to his first, gliding a shot past the hapless Lloris.

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Despite the convincing looking scoreline Tottenham did put up a good fight against the champions. Hart needed to save low to deny Ryan Mason eight minutes in.

Cristian Eriksen’s goal materialised a quarter of an hour in after Soldado robbed a dallying Fernando in midfield and the Spaniard teed up Eriksen who smashed home first time past Hart off the underside of the bar 139 seconds after his side went behind.

Manchester City: Hart, Clichy, Demichelis, Kompany, Sagna, Milner, Lampard (Fernandinho ’28), Fernando (Toure ’77), Navas, Silva (Jovetic ’70), Aguero

Subs not used: Caballero, Kolarov, Boyata, Dzeko

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose, Capoue (Dembele ’60), Mason (Vertonghen ’70), Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela (Townsend ’60) Soldado

Subs not used: Vorm, Stambouli, Adebayor, Kane

Man of the Match: Sergio Aguero