FA Cup: Newport and Plymouth meet in high-stakes replay

There is a huge prize at stake in tonight’s FA Cup second-round replay between Newport County and Plymouth Argyle, with a trip to Anfield awaiting the winners, with it being dubbed by some as the ‘half a million pound match’.

The winners of tonight’s match, which is being broadcast live on BT Sport, will set up a third-round clash with Premier League giants Liverpool in a match to be also televised live on BT Sport on Sunday 8th January. With £144,000 in television money, and a share of the Anfield gate receipts, up for grabs for the winners. Continue reading

Everton v Arsenal LIVE: Match Report in Tweets

Here is my live tweet report of Everton v Arsenal in the Premier League on 13 December 2016.

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Premier League Round-Up: Vardy treble downs disappointing City

Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought in style on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick as he helped Leicester earn a 4-2 win over Manchester City.

The Foxes were 2-0 up after just five minutes, with Vardy scoring his first in the third minute, before Andy King’s wonderful strike  doubled the lead just two minutes later.

Vardy scored again to make it 3-0 at the break, and he completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute.

Pep Guardiola’s side did get on the scoresheet, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Noltio both scoring consolation goals in the final ten minutes. Continue reading

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund LIVE: Match Report in Tweets

Here is my live tweet report of Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on 07 December 2016.

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Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund: Heavyweights meet in Group F decider

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will meet each other in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night in a match that will decide who comes out on top in Group F.

Both teams have already qualified for the next round, but the match, to be played at Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, will decide who advances to the knockout stages as group winners.

Knockout path to be decided

The big significance of the match is that the winner will top Group F, and therefore avoid the other group winners in Monday’s first knockout round draw. Continue reading

Premier League Round-Up: Aguëro sees red as Chelsea march on

Chelsea triumphed over Manchester City in their top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Blues responded well to going a goal behind, coming back to win 3-1, and ensuring that Antonio Conte’s men won for the seventh successive Premier League game.

City started well, and they thought they were ahead in the 20th minute when Fernandinho planted a header past Claudio Bravo, but it was rightly ruled out for offside. City did take a one-goal lead into half-time when Gary Cahill could only clear the ball past his own keeper on the stroke of half-time.

Chelsea seized control of the game after the break, with Diego Costa levelling the scores in the 60th minute, before Willian gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes later. Eden Hazard scored a third to seal the win in the 90th minute, but the drama was not over there. Sergio Aguëro saw red for an awful tackle on David Luiz, while Fernandinho was also dismissed for his role in the subsequent scuffle, to further dampen City’s day. Continue reading

Dominant Macclesfield earn FA Cup replay

Non-league Macclesfield Town’s quest to reach the third round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in 6 years will have to go to another game, as the Silkmen earned a 0-0 draw with Oxford United to force a replay.

The hosts dominated proceedings for the majority of the match, but lacked the composure in front of goal that was needed to score past their League One opponents.

It was the hosts that started the match the brighter of the two sides, with Town winger Jack Mackreth creating the first big chance in the 6th minute, as he delivered a ball in for an unmarked Danny Rowe, who steered his header across the face of goal but no-one was there to convert. Continue reading