Premier League round-up: Falcao strikes but Man United are held by Aston Villa

first_img Radamel Falcao celebrates Manchester United were denied their seventh win in a row as Aston Villa doggedly held on for a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, despite playing 25 minutes with ten men.A share of the spoils now means the Red Devils sit third in the Premier League, six points behind Chelsea, who play on Monday, and Man City.The Villans had nabbed a shock lead with 18 minutes on the clock as Christian Benteke took down a free-kick and, after twisting and turning, placed a curled left-foot shot into the top corner with David De Gea stationary.Moments into the second period Benteke nearly scored again but this time Spanish ace De Gea was able to tip his header over the bar.Robin van Persie was superbly denied at the opposite end by Brad Guzan as the Red Devils attempted to equalise but it was loan star Radamel Falcao who did get them level as he planted a free header past the American glovesman for his second of the season.Villa were reduced to ten men after 65 minutes when Gabriel Agbonlahor was adjudged to have gone in late on ex-team-mate Ashley Young, but Paul Lambert’s side did enough to hang on and could even have won with a couple of good late chances.Tottenham moved themselves up to sixth in the Premier League as they beat Burnley 2-1 in a thrilling encounter full of skill, pace and guile.Harry Kane is the man of the moment at White Hart Lane and he headed home Nacer Chadli’s cross after 22 minutes to give the hosts the lead.But a bright and bustling Burnley side were back on level terms when Ashley Barnes’ brilliant curled strike left Hugo Lloris with no chance.And Spurs fans were then given a reminder of why they spent £30million on Erik Lamela as he whipped in a winner which may just have made them think Gareth Bale was back in a Lilywhite shirt. The Argentine cut in from the right flank and bent in a dipping strike which evaded the gloves of Tom Heaton, who was at full stretch.Southampton ended a horrendous run of form as they put three unanswered goals past Everton at St Mary’s.The Saints were without a win in six going into the game but put a smile on boss Ronald Koeman’s face as a James Ward-Prowse corner crossed the line after hitting Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku, although Jose Fonte did attempt to claim it.Graziano Pelle doubled their tally when he fired home from a Shane Long knockdown and Maya Yoshida shouldered in a Steven Davis cross as the hosts stopped the rot and left Everton down in tenth.West Ham made light work of rock bottom Leicester City at Upton Park to ensure the remain in the top four.Foxes left-back Paul Konchesky, on his return to Upton Park, handed Andy Carroll a huge gift as his misjudged backpass fell straight to the England man and, after rampage towards goal, he showed a cool head to take on the last defender and then deftly clip his shot over Ben Hamer and into the back of the net.Carroll’s afternoon nearly took a turn for the worse as he appeared to twist his ankle before careering into the hoardings in east London but he managed to avoid serious injury, playing the full 90 minutes.And moments later the Hammers got their second of the afternoon as an audacious touch and shot from Stewart Downing outside the box saw Hamer’s net bulge again, sealing a 2-0 victory.Charlie Austin was again the hero for Queens Park Rangers as his hat-trick helped them beat West Brom 3-2 despite being 2-0 down after 20 minutes.Joleon Lescott’s first goal since September 2012 put the Baggies in front at Loftus Road and Silvestre Varela doubled their lead ten minutes later.An Austin penalty got the Super Hoops back into the game and four minutes into the second period he lashed a shot home to take the score to 2-2.And just minutes from the final whistle Austin powered home a magnificent header to give Harry Redknapp’s men all three points and take them up to 15th in the table.Elsewhere, Swansea City claimed a slim 1-0 win over Hull at the KC Stadium.The Jacks grabbed a fortunate opener as Jonjo Shelvey’s rifled strike deflected beyond Allan McGregor off Ki Sung-Yueng.In response Andrew Robertson hit the upright for the Tigers but Shelvey, attempting to ensure his name was on the scoresheet, hammered a shot into the post at the other end.But there were to be no other goals in the clash leaving Hull languishing in 19th position and putting Garry Monk’s Swans in eighth. 1last_img read more

‘Show f******* balls’ – Liverpool star reveals Klopp’s incredible team talk

first_img Getty whoops gameday cracker Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions latest Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea After falling to a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou in the first leg, the Reds seemed to be heading out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage.Without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, the task seemed too big for Klopp’s side to overcome.But doubles from Divock Origi and Giorginio Wijnaldum sent Liverpool to the final in Madrid on June 1.And Dejan Lovren, who was on the bench for the Merseyside miracle, believes it is all down to the words of wisdom from their charismatic German. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed Dejan Lovren revealed what Jurgen Klopp said to inspire Liverpool Divock Origi celebrates the winner at Anfield center_img SORRY Liverpool’s incredible comeback victory against Barcelona is unlikely to be forgotten by fans anytime soon.And it seems neither will Jurgen Klopp’s rather unique speech which inspired the 4-0 win at Anfield. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT JIBE Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? “Congratulations to Klopp,” he told Liverpool’s official website .“Before the game he did an amazing speech.“It was something brilliant and I think he lifted us so high. It was just ‘Believe! Put it in your mind that we can do it’. It was something that we’ve never heard before.“He said: ‘Boys, believe. One or two goals, even if we don’t score in the first 15, 20 minutes, believe in the 65th, 66th, 67th minute that we can score, and then with Anfield behind us, trust me guys, we can do it. TROPHY 2 LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “‘We did it once against Dortmund, we can do it tonight. Just show f******* balls tonight.’ And we did it!”Liverpool will play either Ajax or Tottenham in the Champions League final. Tune into talkSPORT this evening to hear full commentary of their semi-final second leg clash, live from Amsterdam!last_img read more