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Man United storm into top 4, City held

Rashford, on as a second-half substitute, tapped in a cross from fellow replacement Edinson Cavani.

By: AP | Manchester |
Updated: January 23, 2022 10:50:36 am
Manchester UnitedManchester United's Marcus Rashford, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and West Ham at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. (AP)

Marcus Rashford scored in the third and final minute of stoppage time to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over West Ham that lifted the team above its opponent into fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday.

Rashford, on as a second-half substitute, tapped in a cross from fellow replacement Edinson Cavani in one of the few clear-cut chances created in a lackluster match at Old Trafford.

It completed a good week for United, which also won 3-1 at Brentford on Wednesday, as the league heads into a two-week winter break.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who overcame a neck problem to start, was kept on for the full match this time but didn’t come close to scoring.

The Portugal forward was disgusted at being substituted midway through the second half of the game at Brentford and made his feelings clear to manager Ralf Rangnick.

There were just four shots on target in the whole match.

Manchester City drops points

Manchester City needed a 65th-minute header by Aymeric Laporte to earn a point at St. Mary’s, after Southampton took the lead through Kyle Walker-Peters in the seventh.

Kevin De Bruyne, who supplied the cross for Laporte’s goal, and substitute Gabriel Jesus hit the same post in the second half for City, for whom Raheem Sterling had a gilt-edged chance from close range saved by Fraser Forster before halftime.

Southampton’s players defended stoutly after the break, just like they did when collecting a 0-0 draw at Etihad Stadium in September.

Newcastle beats Leeds 1-0 for 2nd win in Premier League

Newcastle claimed just its second Premier League win of the season by beating Leeds 1-0 on Saturday in a big boost to its ambitions of avoiding relegation.

Jonjo Shelvey’s low free kick flew past a slew of outstretched legs in the area and squeezed into the far corner of the net in the 75th minute at Elland Road.

The victory wasn’t enough to lift Newcastle out of the relegation zone but the Saudi-owned team is only one point from safety with a game in hand on fourth-to-last Norwich, which won at Watford on Friday.

Eddie Howe’s side was under pressure for long spells against Leeds, which was seeking a third straight win to move further clear of the bottom three. Marcelo Bielsa’s team is now looking back over its shoulder after being punished for failing to cash in on its dominance.

Leeds was denied an 11th-minute lead when Newcastle defender Fabian Schar produced a last-ditch tackle on Dan James after Raphinha’s clever cut-back.

Newcastle went close itself in the 28th minute when Shelvey’s thumping volley was well saved by Illan Meslier.

Raphinha caused Newcastle left back Paul Dummett lots of problems and set up another chance for Leeds that was wasted, before Newcastle forward Joelinton limped off just before halftime.

Leeds stayed in control at the start of the second half, with Dan James and Raphinha both cutting through the visitors’ defense only for the final ball to eluded their teammates.

Another injury for Newcastle saw defender Jamaal Lascelles limp off — Dummett had already been replaced by Javier Manquillo by then — but Howe’s side gave warning it was not done. Sean Longstaff fired narrowly wide from 20 yards (meters) and the visitors then silenced the home crowd with Shelvey’s goal.

Wolves on a roll, beat Brentford 2-1 in EPL ‘drone’ game

Ruben Neves scored a late goal to give Wolverhampton a 2-1 victory over Brentford in a Premier League game interrupted for almost 20 minutes because of a drone that hovered above the field on Saturday.

Ivan Toney’s volley in the 71st minute offset João Moutinho’s goal for Wolves three minutes into the second half. Moutinho then laid a pass off to Neves, who fired a shot from just outside the box into the bottom right corner in the 78th.

Wolves’ third consecutive league win keeps them in contention for a European spot. The club is in eighth place with an attack coming to life after a 3-1 win over Southampton a week ago. They’ve scored 19 goals — third worst in the league — but are second-best in goals conceded, with 16.

Adama Traore’s goal for Wolves in second-half stoppage time was ruled out for offside after a VAR review.

Frustration is showing for 14th-place Brentford, which lost its fourth consecutive league game. Manager Thomas Frank was shown a red card after the final whistle after he exchanged words with Wolves players and the referee.

In the 34th minute, the players were instructed to return to their locker rooms because of a drone hovering above the field at Brentford Community Stadium in west London.

The teams re-emerged and briefly warmed up before play resumed with 19 minutes remaining in the first half, which ended 71 minutes after the match had started.

There had already been a long stoppage in play following a sickening clash of heads between Brentford teammates Mathias Jensen and Rico Henry, which left both bleeding heavily. They were both replaced by concussion substitutes.

Digne sets up Villa winner, hit by bottle on Everton return

Lucas Digne marked his swift return to Goodison Park by setting up Aston Villa’s goal in a 1-0 victory over former club Everton in the Premier League and getting struck on the head by a bottle thrown from the crowd in the ensuing celebrations.

The France left back, who was sold by Everton last week after falling out with its then-manager Rafa Benitez, whipped in the corner which was met by a near-post header from Emi Buendia that looped into the far corner in first-half stoppage time.

As Digne celebrated with his Villa teammates in front of a section of Everton fans, he appeared to be hit by a bottle and fell to the ground, clutching his head. Another Villa player, Matty Cash, also motioned that he had been struck.

Digne’s return to the club he said he never wanted to leave was one of the many intriguing subplots to a match that saw Duncan Ferguson take charge of the first match in his second spell as Everton’s caretaker manager, following Benitez’s firing last weekend.

Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho, two former Liverpool players, were also back on Merseyside with Villa — as its manager and newly signed playmaker — and they and Digne were given a hostile reception by the home fans.

Everton’s direct style almost got its rewards in the second half with Yerry Mina twice going close with headers and fellow center back Ben Godfrey also having a header swatted away by Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

Ferguson is already a popular figure at Everton owing to his two spells there as a player and a four-game spell as caretaker manager in December 2019, when he was unbeaten in three league games.

He probably made himself even more popular by contacting a number of pubs near Goodison Park and pledging to pay for the first drink of fans before kickoff, according to Britain’s Press Association.

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