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Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool

Norwich v Liverpool

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Norwich 4

Mbokani Bezua 29′ Naismith 41′ Hoolahan 54′ (pen) Bassong 90′

Team badge of Liverpool

Liverpool 5

Firmino 18′, 63′ Henderson 55′ Milner 75′ Lallana 90′

  • FT 90 +6
  • HT 2-1

Liverpool celebrate

Jurgen Klopp raced up the touchline to celebrate the late winner

23 January 2016
Last updated at
14:58



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

Adam Lallana’s injury-time strike saw Liverpool edge a nine-goal thriller at Norwich in one of the most dramatic Premier League games of the season.

Roberto Firmino scuffed the Reds ahead but Dieumerci’s Mbokani’s backheel levelled and Steven Naismith’s debut strike put the home side in front.

Wes Hoolahan added a penalty before Jordan Henderson and Firmino struck.

James Milner put the away side ahead and though Sebastian Bassong netted in added time, Lallana delivered a twist.

The England midfielder’s volley – which was fired into the ground and bounced agonisingly in for the home side – sparked chaotic scenes as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp raced up the touchline to celebrate with his players.

Christian Benteke knocked the German’s glasses off his face within the melee. Just moments earlier, Klopp had been visibly incensed by his side’s lapse in allowing Bassong to level – but the change in his mood was fitting in a game which ebbed and flowed like this one.

More to follow.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Norwich City

  • 13 Rudd
  • 25 Pinto
  • 05 Martin
  • 06 Bassong
  • 12 Brady
  • 18 Dorrans
  • 08 Howson
  • 22 Redmond (Jarvis – 70′ )
  • 07 Naismith (Jerome – 82′ )
  • 14 Hoolahan (Olsson – 70′ )
  • 09 Mbokani Bezua

Substitutes

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 10 Jerome
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 17 Klose
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 23 Olsson
  • 32 Odjidja-Ofoe

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Clyne
  • 04 K Touré
  • 17 Sakho
  • 18 Moreno (Caulker – 90′ )
  • 14 Henderson (Benteke – 76′ )
  • 21 Lucas
  • 23 Can
  • 07 Milner
  • 11 Firmino
  • 33 Ibe (Lallana – 59′ Booked )

Substitutes

  • 09 Benteke
  • 19 Caulker
  • 20 Lallana
  • 24 Allen
  • 38 Flanagan
  • 52 Ward
  • 53 J. Teixeira
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 27,108


Match Stats

Possession

47




53

Shots

6




13

On target

5




7

Corners

3




3

Fouls

10




14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norwich City 4, Liverpool 5.

90:00 +5:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norwich City 4, Liverpool 5.

90:00 +4:40 Booking

Booking Adam Lallana (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

90:00 +4:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 4, Liverpool 5. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +4:12

Attempt blocked. Steven Caulker (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 4, Liverpool 4. Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cameron Jerome following a set piece situation.

90:00 +1:33

Offside, Liverpool. James Milner tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

90:00 +0:59

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke with a headed pass.

89:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Steven Caulker replaces Alberto Moreno.

88:39

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:39

Foul by Martin Olsson (Norwich City).

88:05

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

88:05

Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:11

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

81:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Steven Naismith.

76:10

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

76:10

Matthew Jarvis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Christian Benteke replaces Jordan Henderson.

74:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 3, Liverpool 4. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

72:40

Attempt saved. Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

70:59

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dieumerci Mbokani.

70:25

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ivo Pinto.

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Matthew Jarvis replaces Nathan Redmond.

69:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Martin Olsson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

68:11

Attempt saved. Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

67:40

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

67:40

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:50

Foul by Kolo Touré (Liverpool).

66:50

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:07

Offside, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

64:38

Kolo Touré (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:38

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City).

63:36

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

62:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 3, Liverpool 3. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

58:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Adam Lallana replaces Jordon Ibe.

57:35

Hand ball by Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

54:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 3, Liverpool 2. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

53:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 3, Liverpool 1. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

52:11

Penalty Norwich City. Steven Naismith draws a foul in the penalty area.

52:11

Penalty conceded by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

50:07

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

50:07

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:24

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

49:24

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:50

James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:50

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

48:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:13

Delay in match Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) because of an injury.

45:18

Hand ball by James Milner (Liverpool).

45:00

Second Half begins Norwich City 2, Liverpool 1.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Norwich City 2, Liverpool 1.

45:00 +0:07

Offside, Liverpool. James Milner tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

44:19

Foul by Robbie Brady (Norwich City).

44:19

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 2, Liverpool 1. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

39:48

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

39:25

Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:25

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

37:23

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

37:23

Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:04

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

35:00

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dieumerci Mbokani.

33:41

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:41

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

31:02

Delay in match Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) because of an injury.

31:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:32

Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:32

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

29:58

Offside, Norwich City. Robbie Brady tries a through ball, but Dieumerci Mbokani is caught offside.

29:37

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 1, Liverpool 1. Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a headed pass following a corner.

27:04

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

26:18

Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:18

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool).

25:28

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City).

25:28

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:33

Attempt missed. Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner following a set piece situation.

23:17

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

23:17

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:10

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

20:49

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robbie Brady.

17:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 0, Liverpool 1. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner with a through ball.

17:01

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

17:01

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:56

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

12:23

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:23

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool).

4:45

Foul by Steven Naismith (Norwich City).

4:45

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:36

Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:36

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Bristol City

West Brom v Bristol City

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West Brom 2

Berahino 67′ Morrison 90′

Team badge of Bristol City

Bristol City 2

Kodjia 74′ Agard 83′

  • FT 90 +6
  • HT 0-0

West Brom celebrate

James Morrison struck in the fifth added minute for West Brom

9 January 2016
Last updated at
16:59



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

James Morrison struck a last-gasp equaliser to spare West Bromwich Albion’s blushes as Bristol City forced a draw at the Hawthorns.

The Premier League side led when Saido Berahino curled the opener within four minutes of coming off the bench.

But Jonathan Kodjia headed the Championship side level, before substitute Kieran Agard tapped in.

They looked set to progress, but Morrison turned in a Jonny Evans knockdown in the fifth added minute.

More to follow.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 04 Chester (Dawson – 63′ )
  • 23 McAuley
  • 06 Evans
  • 11 Brunt
  • 07 Morrison Booked
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 14 McClean (McManaman – 63′ )
  • 29 Sessegnon
  • 33 Rondón
  • 17 Lambert (Berahino – 63′ )

Substitutes

  • 05 Yacob
  • 08 Gardner
  • 13 Myhill
  • 16 Gamboa
  • 18 Berahino
  • 19 McManaman
  • 25 Dawson

Bristol City

  • 01 Fielding (O’Leary – 45′ )
  • 05 Ayling
  • 04 Flint
  • 17 Baker Booked
  • 02 Little
  • 07 Smith
  • 21 Pack
  • 15 Freeman
  • 23 Bryan
  • 18 Wilbraham (Burns – 82′ )
  • 22 Kodjia Booked (Agard – 83′ )

Substitutes

  • 03 Williams
  • 10 Agard
  • 11 Wagstaff
  • 14 Reid
  • 20 Burns
  • 24 O’Leary
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 24,917


Match Stats

Possession

52




48

Shots

13




7

On target

5




3

Corners

5




1

Fouls

6




14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Bristol City 2.

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Bristol City 2.

90:00 +4:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Bristol City 2. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jonny Evans.

90:00 +4:08

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:08

Foul by Kieran Agard (Bristol City).

90:00 +2:53

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

90:00 +2:31

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:31

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

89:28

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:42

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:42

Foul by Kieran Agard (Bristol City).

86:20

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

86:20

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Bristol City 2. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

82:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

81:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

78:50

Delay in match James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

77:05

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:05

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

74:09 Booking

Booking Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

73:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Bristol City 1. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

72:35

Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

72:35

Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:27 Booking

Booking Nathan Baker (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:21

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:21

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

68:23

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

68:11

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

66:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Bristol City 0. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

66:00

Callum McManaman (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:00

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City).

65:14

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

62:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Callum McManaman replaces James McClean.

62:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Rickie Lambert.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Dawson replaces James Chester.

60:50

Hand ball by Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City).

57:13

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:43

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

52:08

Attempt blocked. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

50:44

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:44

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

49:07

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:08

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

47:08

Mark Little (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:25

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Bristol City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Max O’Leary replaces Frank Fielding because of an injury.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Bristol City 0.

45:00 +1:09

Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:09

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

44:42

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

41:32 Booking

Booking James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:28

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

41:28

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:26

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

35:15

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

32:31

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Mark Little.

32:26

Attempt blocked. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

29:04

Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:04

Foul by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

20:39

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:23

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

18:19

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:13

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:13

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:13

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

16:51

Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:51

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City).

15:00

James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:00

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

10:52

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:28

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

8:28

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:28

Attempt missed. Korey Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

6:37

Hand ball by Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion).

3:50

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

3:50

Rickie Lambert (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:26

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Dynamo Kiev 5-2 Everton (6-4 agg)

Dynamo Kiev v Everton

Dynamo Kiev 5

Yarmolenko 21′ Teodorczyk 35′ Miguel Veloso 37′ Gusev 56′ Antunes 76′

Everton 2

Lukaku 29′ Jagielka 82′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 3-1
  • (agg 64)

Everton look frustrated

Everton paid the price for some poor defending in Ukraine as they exited the Europa League at the last-16 stage

19 March 2015
Last updated at
20:39



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

England’s last remaining team in European competition were eliminated as Everton were hammered in their last-16 Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev.

In a week where Manchester City and Arsenal exited the Champions League, poor Everton defending was exposed in Ukraine, as they lost 6-4 on aggregate.

Romelu Lukaku’s strike cancelled out Andriy Yarmolenko’s wonderful opener.

But Lukasz Teodorczyk, Miguel Veloso, Oleg Gusev and Antunes scored, before Phil Jagielka’s headed consolation.

The manner of Everton’s resounding defeat ends a dismal month for English sides in Europe as Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham were also knocked out.

The collective failings mean the country does not have a side in the last eight of the Europa League or Champions League for the first time since 1995.

Roberto Martinez’s side, seeking a first European trophy since their 1985 Cup Winners’ Cup success, will rue two Ross Barkley efforts which struck the woodwork.

But it was their defensive frailty which proved critical in their first European away loss of the season.

Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Everton (2-2 agg) – Andriy Yarmolenko – 21 mins

Andriy Yarmolenko

Individual brilliance: Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring. He has been involved in 10 Europa League goals this season

Andriy Yarmolenko picked up the ball halfway inside Everton’s half and cut in from the right, administering a double step-over before shooting left footed from 25 yards into the top corner, leaving Tim Howard motionless.

It was a goal of superb quality, but Ukraine’s Player of the Year – an award won six times by Andriy Shevchenko – was allowed time to run from the right flank, weave space and fire the home side level in the tie but ahead on away goals.

Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Everton (2-3 agg) – Romelu Lukaku – 29 mins

Romelu Lukaku scores

Rom’s stunner: Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal of the Europa League campaign to level on the night

Everton trained on the running track surrounding the pitch on Wednesday, such was the concern over the pitch at the Olympic Stadium, but the surface did little to prevent high quality finishing.

No sooner had Barkley struck the post and Tim Howard denied Yarmolenko a second, did Lukaku curl a wonderful left-foot effort around a defender and in from 20 yards.

The 21-year-old is the tournament’s joint top scorer with FC Salzburg striker Alan on eight goals.

Dynamo Kiev 2-1 Everton (3-3 agg) – Lukasz Teodorczyk – 35 mins

Lukas Teodorczyk gave Kiev the lead on the night from six yards, prodding through Tim Howard's legs

Calamity at the back: Lukas Teodorczyk gave Kiev the lead on the night from six yards, prodding through Tim Howard’s legs

The first of two quick-fire home goals from long diagonal balls arrived when Teodorczyk prodded through Howard’s legs from six yards from Yarmolenko’s knock-down.

It took Yarmolenko’s haul of assists in the competition to seven, a tournament high, but underlined the indecision and apprehensive defending that was to follow as Jagielka, and particularly Antolin Alcaraz, struggled.

Dynamo Kiev 3-1 Everton (4-3 agg) – Miguel Veloso – 37 mins

Dynamo Kiev celebrate

Alcaraz punished: Antolin Alcaraz’s poor header clear is lashed back with interest by Miguel Veloso

Another long diagonal, this time from right to left, saw midfielder Miguel Veloso win a flick-on and when Alcaraz could only head to the edge of his area, the Portuguese midfielder volleyed left-footed high into the net with a deflection leaving Howard helpless.

The goal ended any chance of extra time but while Martinez’s side were well behind on the night, a single goal would carry them through to a first European quarter-final in 30 years on away goals.

But with Alcaraz increasingly under pressure at every turn, the prospect of preventing further damage looked unlikely.

Dynamo Kiev 4-1 Everton (5-3 agg) – Oleg Gusev – 56 mins

Oleg Gusev scores

Ponderous Blues: Oleg Gusev scores his second of the tie, cracking in off the post from six yards

The man who started the scoring in the first leg when Everton began so slowly at Goodison Park was in the right place at the right time as he stabbed in at the second attempt from six yards.

Again the visitors were sliced open and were found wanting when the pull-back to Gusev arrived, as the side top of Ukraine’s Premier League took full control.

Sergiy Rebrov’s side have been superb at the Olympic Stadium this season and have now won by at least a two-goal margin in all of their Europa League home games.

Dynamo Kiev 5-1 Everton (6-3 agg) – Antunes – 76 mins

Antunes celebrates

Antunes missile: Defender Antunes finished like a seasoned striker from fully 30 yards

Everton winger Christian Atsu forced a diving save from 40-year-old Oleksandr Shovkovskyi and Barkley whipped a dipping, curling effort on to the post as the Premier League side battled.

But Antunes, a player signed from Malaga this year, took aim from 30 yards with a left-foot strike which again left Howard with no chance as it found the top corner.

Everton could be heavily criticised for three of the five goals they conceded but those from Yarmolenko and Antunes were individually brilliant.

Dynamo Kiev 5-2 Everton (6-4 agg) – Phil Jagielka – 82 mins

Everton frustrated

Exit point: Though Phil Jagielka headed a consolation, Everton’s players were well beaten on a tough night

Remarkably, after Yarmolenko had hit the bar from inside the area, Phil Jagielka’s near-post header gave Everton some hope as they needed just two goals in the closing eight minutes to progress.

Though Baines had a free-kick blocked and Lukaku forced two saves, more goals would not arrive and the visitors are now left with only a scrap against relegation to fill the remainder of their season, with the prospect of no European football in 2015-16.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Dynamo Kiev

  • 01 Shovkovskiy
  • 02 da Silva
  • 34 Khacheridi
  • 06 Dragovic Booked
  • 05 Antunes Booked
  • 17 Rybalka Booked
  • 04 Miguel Veloso
  • 10 Yarmolenko
  • 16 Sydorchuk (Buyalsky – 64′ )
  • 20 Gusev (Kalitvintsev – 90′ )
  • 91 Teodorczyk (Kravets – 75′ )

Substitutes

  • 19 Garmash
  • 22 Kravets
  • 23 Rybka
  • 26 Burda
  • 29 Buyalsky
  • 45 Kalitvintsev
  • 85 Mbokani Bezua

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 30 Alcaraz
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 03 Baines
  • 16 McCarthy (Besic – 78′ Booked )
  • 18 Barry
  • 19 Atsu (Osman – 65′ )
  • 20 Barkley
  • 14 Naismith (Koné – 65′ )
  • 10 Lukaku Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 04 Gibson
  • 09 Koné
  • 17 Besic
  • 21 Osman
  • 26 Stones
  • 29 Garbutt
Ref: Deniz Aytekin


Match Stats

Possession

57




43

Shots

17




20

On target

8




8

Corners

5




9

Fouls

16




17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dynamo Kyiv 5, Everton 2.

90:00 +4:44 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dynamo Kyiv 5, Everton 2.

90:00 +3:53 Booking

Booking Muhamed Besic (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:24

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

90:00 +1:51

Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:51

Foul by Arouna Koné (Everton).

90:00 +1:12

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

90:00 +0:49 Booking

Booking Vitorino Antunes (Dynamo Kyiv) is shown the yellow card.

89:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Vladyslav Kalitvintsev replaces Oleg Gusev.

88:52

Foul by Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv).

88:52

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:39

Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

85:18

Attempt saved. Leighton Baines (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:14

Attempt blocked. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:13 Booking

Booking Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kyiv) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:08

Foul by Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kyiv).

84:08

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:49 Booking

Booking Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv) is shown the yellow card.

82:46 Booking

Booking Romelu Lukaku (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

81:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 5, Everton 2. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

80:53

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vitorino Antunes.

78:51

Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Miguel Veloso.

77:48

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vitorino Antunes.

77:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Muhamed Besic replaces James McCarthy.

75:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 5, Everton 1. Vitorino Antunes (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Serhiy Rybalka.

75:12

Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:12

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

74:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Artem Kravets replaces Lukasz Teodorczyk.

72:01

Offside, Dynamo Kyiv. Vitaliy Buyalsky tries a through ball, but Andriy Yarmolenko is caught offside.

71:14

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

70:45

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

70:43

Attempt blocked. Lukasz Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oleg Gusev with a cross.

70:07

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Tim Howard.

70:02

Attempt saved. Lukasz Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a through ball.

67:02

Offside, Everton. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Leon Osman is caught offside.

66:02

Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:02

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

65:15

Vitaliy Buyalsky (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:15

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

64:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Christian Atsu.

64:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Arouna Koné replaces Steven Naismith.

63:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Vitaliy Buyalsky replaces Sergiy Sydorchuk.

63:00

Attempt saved. Lukasz Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a cross.

62:04

Attempt missed. Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergiy Sydorchuk.

60:36

Ross Barkley (Everton) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

58:28

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

57:47

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

57:44

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:39

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

57:31

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

57:20

Foul by Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kyiv).

57:20

Christian Atsu (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:54

Attempt missed. Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

55:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 4, Everton 1. Oleg Gusev (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

55:11

Attempt blocked. Oleg Gusev (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Sergiy Sydorchuk.

54:28

Lukasz Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:28

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

52:49

Sergiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:49

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

51:52

Foul by Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv).

51:52

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:09

Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:09

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

48:52

Attempt blocked. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

48:19

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

47:38

Vitorino Antunes (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:38

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

46:54

Foul by Lukasz Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv).

46:54

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:33

Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:33

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

45:18

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv).

45:18

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Dynamo Kyiv 3, Everton 1.

45:00 +4:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dynamo Kyiv 3, Everton 1.

45:00 +3:28

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Miguel Veloso.

45:00 +2:02

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv).

45:00 +2:02

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:14

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv).

45:00 +1:14

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:05

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

44:40

Foul by Sergiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv).

44:40

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:28

Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:28

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

42:01

Foul by Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kyiv).

42:01

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:47

Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:47

Foul by Christian Atsu (Everton).

36:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 3, Everton 1. Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

35:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:32

Delay in match Phil Jagielka (Everton) because of an injury.

34:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 2, Everton 1. Lukasz Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.

33:06

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

32:22

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Danilo Silva.

32:21

Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a through ball.

30:22

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

29:15

Foul by Oleg Gusev (Dynamo Kyiv).

29:15

Christian Atsu (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 1, Everton 1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

28:00

Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:39

Foul by Sergiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv).

27:39

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:20

Foul by Sergiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv).

27:20

Christian Atsu (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:57

Delay in match Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv) because of an injury.

26:03

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Antolin Alcaraz.

26:01

Attempt blocked. Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Oleg Gusev with a cross.

25:29

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Tim Howard.

25:27

Attempt saved. Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.

24:38

Ross Barkley (Everton) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Steven Naismith with a through ball.

23:48

Vitorino Antunes (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:48

Foul by Christian Atsu (Everton).

20:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 1, Everton 0. Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danilo Silva.

19:10

Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:10

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

17:55

Foul by Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv).

17:55

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:28

Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:28

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

12:12

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

10:35

Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

9:42

Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antolin Alcaraz with a headed pass.

9:11

Foul by Sergiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv).

9:11

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:45

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:53

Foul by Lukasz Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv).

7:53

Antolin Alcaraz (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:42

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McCarthy.

4:27

Hand ball by James McCarthy (Everton).

3:40

Hand ball by Christian Atsu (Everton).

3:07

Attempt missed. Vitorino Antunes (Dynamo Kyiv) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oleg Gusev.

1:57

Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:57

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

1:24

Attempt missed. Oleg Gusev (Dynamo Kyiv) header from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Danilo Silva with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Borussia Dortmund 0-3 Juventus (1-5 agg)

Bor Dortmd v Juventus

Bor Dortmd 0

Juventus 3

Tévez 3′, 79′ Morata 70′

  • FT 90 +2
  • HT 0-1
  • (agg 15)

Carlos Tevez celebrates

Carlos Tevez opened the scoring inside three minutes and Juventus dealt with their hosts comfortably

18 March 2015
Last updated at
22:25



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Tevez scores twice and creates Morata goal
  • Dortmund equal worst Champions League loss
  • Juve only Italian side in Friday’s draw

Carlos Tevez struck a brace and created another goal as Juventus eased past Borussia Dortmund and into the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Juve striker smashed in from 30 yards early on, giving his side a 3-1 aggregate lead and a key away goal.

The home side pressed but created little and Tevez squared for Alvaro Morata to finish after half-time.

It left Dortmund needing four in the final 20 minutes and Tevez compounded their misery, firing in from 18 yards.

The former Manchester United and Manchester City player opened the scoring three weeks ago in Turin and his early blast at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion provided Juve with a platform to seal their third Champions League quarter-final spot in nine seasons.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side – twice winners of the competition – will be an opponent few will relish being paired with in Friday’s draw as with a 14-point cushion in Serie A, they can afford to focus fully on a tilt at a first European Cup win since 1996.

These are happy times for fans of the Old Lady. Five years ago to the day they were beaten

4-1 by Fulham

in the Europa League but they have won their domestic title every year since and have conceded just 14 goals so far as they close in on another inevitable Scudetto this year.

Borussia Dortmund fans

Dortmund fans welcomed the teams onto the pitch with a stunning mural of their side lifting the European Cup in 1997

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said his side faced “football’s biggest challenge” in scoring against an Italian side with a lead to defend and in truth, their own poor defending led to them being comfortably picked apart.

Even without the injured Andrea Pirlo and having lost midfield engine Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury in the opening period, Juventus were comfortable in midfield and Morata could have doubled their lead twice before he effectively ended the tie.

Roman Weidenfeller in Dortmund’s goal was slow to react to Tevez’s opener but denied Morata with his shoulder and later his legs, before the Spaniard had a tap-in when Tevez raced clear.

The German side’s supporters put on a show of defiance before kick-off with a stunning mosaic remembering their Champions League final win over Juventus in 1997 but their side lacked the ingenuity Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side showed 18 years ago.

Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon made just two saves all night and he punched the air with joy when Tevez took a touch 18 yards out before lashing their third late on.

It was his sixth Champions League goal of the season, a tally not achieved by a Juventus player since David Trezeguet in 2006 and they will be the only Italian representatives in Friday’s last-eight draw.

Clint Dempsey celebrates

Five years ago to the day, Juventus were beaten 4-1 by Fulham in the Europa League

Roman Weidenfeller

Roman Weidenfeller was caught flat footed when Tevez struck after just three minutes

Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez now has 23 goals in all competitions this season

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Borussia Dortmund

  • 01 Weidenfeller
  • 25 Papastathopoulos
  • 04 Subotic
  • 15 Hummels
  • 29 Schmelzer (Kirch – 45′ )
  • 06 Bender (Ramos – 63′ )
  • 08 Gündogan
  • 23 Kampl
  • 11 Reus Booked
  • 10 Mkhitaryan (Blaszczykowski – 63′ )
  • 17 Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 05 Kehl
  • 07 Kagawa
  • 09 Immobile
  • 16 Blaszczykowski
  • 20 Ramos
  • 21 Kirch
  • 22 Langerak

Juventus

  • 01 Buffon
  • 26 Lichtsteiner
  • 19 Bonucci
  • 03 Chiellini
  • 33 Evra
  • 23 Vidal
  • 08 Marchisio
  • 37 Pereyra
  • 06 Pogba (Barzagli – 27′ )
  • 09 Morata (Matri – 78′ )
  • 10 Tévez (Pepe – 81′ )

Substitutes

  • 05 Ogbonna
  • 07 Pepe
  • 14 Llorente
  • 15 Barzagli
  • 20 Padoin
  • 30 Storari
  • 32 Matri
Ref: Milorad Mazic
Att: 65,851


Match Stats

Possession

56




44

Shots

9




11

On target

2




6

Corners

5




4

Fouls

7




10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Borussia Dortmund 0, Juventus 3.

90:00 +1:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Borussia Dortmund 0, Juventus 3.

90:00 +0:24

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski with a cross.

89:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88:27

Delay in match Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) because of an injury.

86:35

Attempt blocked. Oliver Kirch (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mats Hummels.

85:08

Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adrián Ramos.

83:44

Offside, Borussia Dortmund. Sokratis tries a through ball, but Adrián Ramos is caught offside.

82:48

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

82:46

Attempt blocked. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Kampl.

80:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Juventus. Simone Pepe replaces Carlos Tévez.

78:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Borussia Dortmund 0, Juventus 3. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

77:56

Attempt saved. Adrián Ramos (Borussia Dortmund) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski with a cross.

77:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Juventus. Alessandro Matri replaces Álvaro Morata.

74:05

Offside, Borussia Dortmund. Marco Reus tries a through ball, but Mats Hummels is caught offside.

73:38

Kevin Kampl (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:38

Dangerous play by Arturo Vidal (Juventus).

72:10 Booking

Booking Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) is shown the yellow card.

72:08

Foul by Oliver Kirch (Borussia Dortmund).

72:08

Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Borussia Dortmund 0, Juventus 2. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

67:18

Foul by Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund).

67:18

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:53

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Claudio Marchisio.

66:50

Attempt blocked. Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:39

Foul by Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund).

63:39

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Jakub Blaszczykowski replaces Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

62:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Adrián Ramos replaces Sven Bender.

62:25

Foul by Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund).

62:25

Roberto Pereyra (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:09

Attempt saved. Kevin Kampl (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neven Subotic.

55:15

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

54:31

Offside, Borussia Dortmund. Marco Reus tries a through ball, but Mats Hummels is caught offside.

54:05

Oliver Kirch (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:05

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Juventus).

52:40

Offside, Juventus. Claudio Marchisio tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

50:36

Attempt blocked. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio with a cross.

50:15

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

50:10

Attempt missed. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio with a cross following a corner.

49:43

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Sokratis.

49:19

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

46:40

Foul by Kevin Kampl (Borussia Dortmund).

46:40

Arturo Vidal (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Borussia Dortmund 0, Juventus 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Oliver Kirch replaces Marcel Schmelzer.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Borussia Dortmund 0, Juventus 1.

45:00 +0:27

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:27

Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).

42:42

Foul by Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund).

42:42

Arturo Vidal (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:42

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Arturo Vidal with a headed pass.

41:39

Attempt blocked. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

36:36

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sokratis.

30:40

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.

29:22

Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:22

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

28:33

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Leonardo Bonucci.

26:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Juventus. Andrea Barzagli replaces Paul Pogba because of an injury.

26:14

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

26:07

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25:27

Delay in match Paul Pogba (Juventus) because of an injury.

25:01

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

23:22

Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:22

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

22:53

Offside, Juventus. Álvaro Morata tries a through ball, but Roberto Pereyra is caught offside.

21:08

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:08

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Juventus).

20:56

Attempt missed. Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Kampl.

19:31

Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:31

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Juventus).

15:37

Hand ball by Arturo Vidal (Juventus).

15:03

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Roman Weidenfeller.

14:57

Attempt saved. Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

12:58

Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:58

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

10:33

Hand ball by Arturo Vidal (Juventus).

7:12

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

4:24

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund).

4:24

Arturo Vidal (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Borussia Dortmund 0, Juventus 1. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Does Europa League damage a season?

Europa League. Tony Pulis, Mauricio Pochettino, sevilla

19 February 2015
Last updated at
00:08



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

No-one wants to play in the Europa League, right?

Common theory paints the competition as a hindrance, but does it actually harm a club’s Premier League hopes?

As Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool prepare for ties in the last-32 on Thursday, BBC Sport has studied 10 seasons since the Europa League introduced group stages to find exactly what impact a campaign has on league performance.

We crunched every season-on-season position change and analysed each league result which followed a Europa League fixture and found the following:

Europa League statistics

Liverpool excelled domestically when void of Europa distraction last season, Manchester United’s league form has improved without any European action this, so is the Europa League worth the hassle?

BBC Sport spoke finance, routine and strategy with former Everton captain
Phil Neville,

Preston striker
Kevin Davies,

who played in two campaigns for Bolton, West Brom boss
Tony Pulis,

manager of Stoke in the competition in 2011-12, and Swansea chairman
Huw Jenkins,

following their involvement last season.

Thursday to Sunday: Breaking the routine

Phil Neville: “A totally different feeling’

“Thursday nights, Channel 5” was a taunt directed by fans at clubs forced to ‘slum it’ in the Europa League, while former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole reputedly almost provoked a fight in the Stamford Bridge tunnel when he shouted it at Manchester City players after they were

knocked out of the Champions League in 2011.

Footballers often cite they are a breed which “loves routine”, but since the tournament began moving fixtures to Thursdays in 2006-07, those involved have been afforded anything but.

And that will not change as Uefa has told BBC Sport the Europa League matchday will not change anytime soon, with schedules set until 2018.

“Playing on a Thursday and then on a Sunday is a totally different feeling to playing on a Wednesday and a Saturday,” says Neville.

“The fact you get home on a Friday, then you’re in a hotel on the weekend for the Sunday game so your weekend is gone, that plays a part psychologically.”

  • BBC Sport’s study of 33 club campaigns from 2004-05 shows an average 2.3 place league fall when balancing Europa League demands.

But Sunday fixtures in the aftermath of Thursday commitments are not the root cause of a troubled season.

  • Sides average 1.41 points in matches immediately following a European game, compared to 1.43 in their other league games in the same season – a miniscule difference.

Such findings suggest a decline in league fortunes is not down to games which follow a European fixture, but fatigue amassed over an entire season could be the cause.

“The recovery process is much harder,” adds Neville. “Normally you get a Sunday off, but your recovery from the Sunday game knocks into the following week and has a cumulative effect. That builds up. The first couple you’re fine but it’s the third, fourth, fifth game in the group stage that hits you hard.

“It doesn’t just affect players but staff members and managers.”

Mauricio Pochettino and Tony Pulis

How do managers view it – a hindrance?

Tony Pulis: “It has to be looked at…”

The intrinsic planning that goes into a Premier League fixture calls for time on the training ground.

But extra fixtures starve meticulous managers of time.

  • The average Europa League run for an English side since 2004 lasts nine games.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested the Premier League moves domestic fixtures to a Monday night to allow for an additional recovery day.

“If the Premier League is serious about English clubs doing well, I really think they need to do something about it,” Pulis told BBC Sport. “It has to be looked at. A Monday game would help massively.”

But the Premier League is keen for all 20 of its teams to abide by a schedule which gives no side an advantage.

Add in the fact

the league has just sold over £5bn of television rights

– all split into pre-determined time slots until 2018-19 – and ad-hoc Monday fixtures look about as likely as the FA Cup final being held on Mars.

BBC Sport’s study suggests the competition hinders a side trying to break through the glass ceiling that exists in trying to reach the Premier League’s top four.

  • Only two sides, Manchester City in 2010-11 and Tottenham a year later, have competed in the Europa League while ending a season in the coveted Champions League qualification places.
  • Sides finishing fourth to seventh in the table have fallen an average 3.2 places the following season with the additional Europa workload.

Pulis’s Stoke side in 2011 – in the Europa League thanks to an FA Cup final defeat – dropped just one league place but encountered long league trips to Norwich after a flight home from Switzerland and Sunderland after visiting Ukraine.

“I usually pick my team on a Tuesday so the lack of preparation was a real disadvantage,” added Pulis, who guided Stoke into Europe for the first time in 37 years. “You can’t get lads out on the training field to do what you need.

“At Stoke I thought our lads enjoyed the freshness of the competition a lot because we were new to it. Some Premier League games after it, I almost got the sense we were on a downer, the league game was devalued.”

Simon Davies, Jimmy Flody-Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka

So what’s the best approach?

Kevin Davies: Play, sleep, train, fly

A tonic of meticulous preparation and a full-blooded commitment to the Europa League are needed to balance a push for European success with progress at home.

Newcastle are a side who have seemingly struggled with the balancing act, falling nine, six and 11 places in the league respectively in the last three seasons they were involved in the Europa League – called the Uefa Cup until 2009.

“When the game was a few hours away rather than a short flight, we stayed over after it, did a recovery session in the morning and then flew home. I think that really worked,” said Davies.

“I think there can be a mental fatigue, but it is a different story when you’re winning, games come thick and fast but you can’t wait for them.”

Fatigue – physical or mental – can be managed with “skilful rotation” by a manager according to Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who is conscious of players being sucked into a negativity surrounding the Europa League.

“If there is an excuse why you don’t play well, people are quick to focus and that has crept into football,” Jenkins told BBC Sport.

“Everybody talks about the downside of the Europa League before you kick a ball. Yet to play regularly in the Champions League, players are doing the same thing and it’s never discussed.”

Neville added: “I think I saw Roberto Martinez in a study once say managers get back from Europe and change the team for the next game, when actually you should change your team the game before Europe, then pick a team for the Europa game and keep it the game afterwards.

“He has done that a lot this year and what I guess he is trying to say is look, don’t use this as an excuse.

“It annoys me you may work for nine months, get into Europe, celebrate and then come back for pre-season and the Europa League has become a noose around the neck. We embraced the competition at Everton and that is what you have to do.”

Is it worth it financially? Can you make a profit?

Swansea chairman: “Most clubs will profit”

The Europa League hands out prize money in every round, not to mention ticket-sale revenue, so the competition offers a fresh income stream.

“In general, it’s highly likely that most clubs would make a profit,” added Swans chairman Jenkins.

The Welsh side reached the round of 32 in 2013-14, a feat which would net £1.2m this season without accounting for ticket sales or the financial rewards earned per win (£148,000) and draw (£74,000) in the group stage.

Prize money comparison

Revenue stream Europa League Champions League

Prize for reaching group stage

£958,000

£6.3m

Prize for a win

£148,000

£737,000

Prize for draw

£74,000

£369,000

Prize for reaching last 16

£258,000

£2.6m

The competition’s winners will generate over £7m throughout the tournament in prize money alone. Throw in the bounty generated from a full home stadium in each fixture, new sponsorship opportunities and this competition is far from a place for Europe’s paupers.

And with tournament victory offering a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds for the first time, a second pot of gold could await the winners.

“The important one is to maximise the income with the home games,” added Jenkins, who said Swansea profited financially from participating.

“The players had a share of what profit we made. That makes sure there is incentive there so they can share in any success.”

Jenkins estimates sending a team to a fixture abroad runs up an average bill of £150,000 in travel and additional costs.

So surely this is a financial no-brainer? Get stuck in. But a drop of one Premier League place in 2013-14 cost £1.2m in prize money. Swansea fell three.

Like every other team analysed, their Europa League involvement may not have been the cause of a league demise, football is rich in variables after all.

But in an era of growing rewards in the domestic game – fuelled by increasing television deals – maybe your team could do without those trips to the far corners of Europe after all.

Club Europa League games played in season Change in league position (places) Season

Newcastle

14

-11

2012-13

Newcastle

12

-9

2004-05

Bolton

10

-9

2007-08

Everton

2

-7

2005-06

Middlesbrough

15

-7

2005-06

West Ham

2

-6

2006-07

Newcastle

12

-6

2006-07

Tottenham

10

-6

2007-08

Portsmouth

6

-6

2008-09

Fulham

19

-5

2009-10

Blackburn

8

-4

2006-07

Everton

10

-3

2009-10

Aston Villa

2

-3

2010-11

Bolton

8

-2

2005-06

Manchester City

16

-1

2008-09

Fulham

14

-1

2011-12

Stoke

12

-1

2011-12

Tottenham

12

-1

2012-13

Millwall

2

0

2004-05

Tottenham

10

0

2006-07

Everton

2

0

2008-09

Aston Villa

10

0

2008-09

Aston Villa

2

0

2009-10

Everton

10

1

2007-08

Liverpool

14

1

2010-11

Tottenham

8

1

2011-12

Liverpool

12

1

2012-13

Manchester City

12

2

2010-11

Blackburn Rovers

4

3

2007-08

Tottenham

8

3

2008-09

Middlesbrough

10

4

2004-05

* Wigan and Birmingham have not been included in calculation for averages as they competed in a lower league than in the previous season alongside Europa League competition.

** Teams studied played in Europa League qualifiers or first round proper. Those entering the Europa League after playing in the Champions League group stages are not included.

***All prize money sums calculated as of exchange rate on 12 February.

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Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

Arsenal v Leicester

Team badge of Arsenal

Arsenal 2

Koscielny 27′ Walcott 41′

Team badge of Leicester City

Leicester 1

Kramaric 61′

  • FT 90 +6
  • HT 2-0

Laurent Koscielny scores

Laurent Koscielny opened the scoring despite Leicester’s positive start

10 February 2015
Last updated at
21:57



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Ozil creates goals for Koscielny and Walcott
  • Kramaric gets first Leicester goal
  • Foxes rally but fall further from safety
  • Arsenal displace Man Utd in top four
  • Wenger ‘worried’ after Ramsey injury

Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four with a win that left bottom club Leicester City five points adrift of safety.

Mesut Ozil whipped in a corner for Laurent Koscielny to tap in from close range and later saw a shot saved, allowing Theo Walcott to volley home.

But the Foxes rallied as Andrej Kramaric scored a first goal in English football with a low second-half shot.

He was also denied late on by keeper David Ospina as the Gunners held on.


It has been an eventful four days at Leicester, who were promoted from the Championship in May.

On Sunday, the club issued a statement denying widespread reports manager Nigel Pearson had been sacked and before kick-off he discovered

he would not be charged for an apparent touchline grapple

with James McArthur during Saturday’s defeat by Crystal Palace.

The 51-year-old sat in the stands for the opening period and joked with club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, but the harsh reality that Leicester have been bottom for over two months will escape neither man.

Leicester City league position history

Leicester City have now been bottom of the Premier League since the last week of November

Pearson deployed a rarely used back five to frustrate Arsenal and while his side threatened until the final whistle, the Gunners’ quality in the final third – not least from Ozil, who completed 88% of his passes – was telling.

The German – making his 50th start – created an early opening for Walcott, saw a poked shot tipped wide and from the resulting corner, delivered for Koscielny to score his third goal of the season.


The French defender had ample space to side foot in, ensuring Pearson’s side remain on just four clean sheets this season – a league low.

Alexis Sanchez – back after a hamstring injury – had shots blocked but when Ozil found the target from range, Mark Schwarzer parried and Walcott swept home a crisp first-time volley from 12 yards across the keeper.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger lost substitute Aaron Ramsey to injury after just nine minutes of his introduction as they stuttered through the second period and Kramaric will rue his chance to deliver the point his side’s endeavour arguably deserved.

He squeezed a shot through bodies and low into the net to give Leicester some hope and when released late on by the impressive Riyad Mahrez – who went close four times on the night – could only chip into the hands of Ospina.

It was a glorious chance and the difference between a crucial away point and Arsenal displacing Manchester United in the top four.

Arsenal celebrate in 2004

The last time Arsenal played Leicester they sealed their ‘invincible’ 2003-04 season with a 2-1 win at Highbury

Nigel Pearson

Nigel Pearson sat behind chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the pair laughed and joked during the first half

Laurent Koscielny scores

All of Laurent Koscielny’s goals this season have arrived in home wins and he tapped in unmarked from six yards

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Arsenal

  • 13 Ospina
  • 39 Bellerin
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 18 Monreal
  • 07 Rosicky Booked
  • 34 Coquelin
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 14 Walcott (Ramsey – 73′ )
  • 17 Sánchez (Giroud – 68′ Booked )
  • 11 Özil

Substitutes

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Gibbs
  • 05 de Abreu
  • 12 Giroud
  • 16 Ramsey (Flamini – 82′ )
  • 20 Flamini
  • 23 Welbeck

Leicester City

  • 32 Schwarzer
  • 17 Simpson Booked
  • 05 Morgan (Ulloa – 81′ )
  • 14 Huth
  • 06 Upson (Wasilewski – 59′ Booked )
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 08 James
  • 19 Cambiasso
  • 15 Schlupp (Nugent – 86′ )
  • 40 Kramaric

Substitutes

  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 10 King
  • 11 Albrighton
  • 12 Hamer
  • 23 Ulloa
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 35 Nugent
Ref: Mike Jones
Att: 60,032


Match Stats

Possession

57




43

Shots

17




11

On target

7




4

Corners

6




6

Fouls

13




14

Live Text Commentary

0:00 Booking

Booking Ben Hamer (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +4:05 Booking

Booking Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +4:04

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

90:00 +4:04

Mark Schwarzer (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:16

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

90:00 +2:19

Offside, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

90:00 +1:58

Hand ball by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

90:00 +0:59

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:59

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

88:58

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Robert Huth.

88:56

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a headed pass.

88:30 Booking

Booking Danny Simpson (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:25

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:25

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

87:30

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

87:30

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:01

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:01

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

86:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:15

Delay in match Mesut Özil (Arsenal) because of an injury.

85:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. David Nugent replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

83:59

Hand ball by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

81:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Aaron Ramsey because of an injury.

81:00

Delay in match Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) because of an injury.

80:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Wes Morgan.

77:58

Attempt saved. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

77:48

Attempt blocked. Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:19

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Esteban Cambiasso.

77:16

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Laurent Koscielny with a headed pass.

76:45

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

74:52

Foul by Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal).

74:52

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Theo Walcott.

70:32

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

69:04

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

69:04

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Alexis Sánchez.

66:32 Booking

Booking Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:29

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

66:29

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:18

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacho Monreal.

65:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:35

Delay in match David Ospina (Arsenal) because of an injury.

64:01 Booking

Booking Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:57

David Ospina (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:57

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

63:06

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

63:06

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:46

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:46

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

60:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Leicester City 1. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

60:37

Attempt missed. Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

60:09

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

60:04

Attempt saved. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

59:35

Hand ball by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

58:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Marcin Wasilewski replaces Matt Upson because of an injury.

58:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:20

Delay in match Matt Upson (Leicester City) because of an injury.

53:39

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

51:35

Attempt saved. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso.

50:27

Offside, Leicester City. Matthew James tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

49:28

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:28

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

46:15

Attempt missed. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

45:42

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Robert Huth.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 2, Leicester City 0.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 2, Leicester City 0.

45:00 +1:54

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

45:00 +1:27

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

45:00 +1:27

Attempt blocked. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso.

45:00 +0:32

Attempt missed. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

44:34

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:34

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

41:58

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

41:58

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Leicester City 0. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

40:45

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

38:31

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:31

Foul by Robert Huth (Leicester City).

38:19

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:19

Foul by Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City).

37:42

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

36:29

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

35:13

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

35:13

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:09

Attempt saved. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

31:47

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

30:24

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:24

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

29:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:30

Delay in match Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) because of an injury.

28:07

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

26:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Leicester City 0. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

26:35

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.

26:33

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

25:30

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

24:35

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

24:35

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:31

Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Santiago Cazorla is caught offside.

20:20

Hand ball by Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City).

18:47

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:52

Foul by Matt Upson (Leicester City).

17:52

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:37

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

15:17

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.

15:10

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a through ball.

12:40

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso.

7:50

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

7:32

Foul by Robert Huth (Leicester City).

7:32

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:20

Attempt blocked. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Simpson.

1:46

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

0:49

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

0:49

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Atlético Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (agg 2-4)

Atl Madrid v Barcelona

Atl Madrid 2

Torres 1′ Raúl García 30′ (pen)

Barcelona 3

Neymar 9′, 41′ Miranda 38′ (og)

  • FT 90 +2
  • HT 2-3
  • (agg 24)

Anders Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Neymar

Neymar (right) scored twice on the counter attack in the first half

28 January 2015
Last updated at
23:42



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Neymar hits double before the break
  • Gabi sent off at half time
  • Mario Suarez dismissed late on
  • Barca to meet Villarreal or Getafe

Barcelona overcame nine-man Atletico Madrid in a fiery Copa del Rey quarter-final to seal a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Fernando Torres drove Atletico level inside a minute but Neymar quickly swept home a Barca counter-attack.

Atletico led again through Raul Garcia’s penalty but Miranda’s own goal and a second for Neymar left the hosts needing three to progress at the break.

Gabi was sent off in the tunnel at half time and Mario Suarez saw red late on.

Their dismissals were in keeping with an ill-disciplined Atletico performance and when Neymar argued with home players on his way to the tunnel at the interval, he drew a cursory point of the finger from Gabi, who did not return for the second half.

Barcelona twitter

Though some players argued, there was little sign of a sending-off as they exited the pitch at half time

Atletico midfielder

Arda Turan threw his boot in a bizarre moment of anger

as the game slipped away from his side and the home side’s hope had been extinguished by the time Suarez collected a second yellow card for a foul on Lionel Messi.

It was Barca’s third and decisive goal on the night which seemed to ignite tempers as Jordi Alba created a tap-in for Neymar, seconds after appearing to handle a goalbound Antoine Griezmann shot inside the area.

From that moment, petty fouls underlined Diego Simeone’s side’s frustration as Barca eased to a last-four meeting against either Getafe or Villarreal, who lead 1-0 from the first leg.

The angry end to the night was in stark contrast to the beginning, when Torres pulled down a long ball, flummoxed former Liverpool team-mate Javier Mascherano and drove in off the post inside a minute.

Torres’s three rapid strikes

Fernando Torres scored 46 seconds into the first half against Real Madrid, 35 seconds into second half of the same game and 46 seconds into Atletico’s defeat against Barca.

It was the striker’s third goal since his return to his boyhood club but Barca looked imperious on the break and when Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined, the Brazilian swept a classy leveller across the keeper from 12 yards.

Garcia’s penalty – earned when Mascherano appeared to foul Juanfran outside the box – rekindled home hope but Miranda hooked a Sergio Busquets glancing header into his own net to dampen spirits.

The breakaway goal, started by Alba’s controversial block, then arrived but little should be taken away from the Barca left-back who ran the length of the field to collect Messi’s pass and deliver a cross for Neymar to finish a blistering counter.

Luis Enrique’s side are now one tie away from a fifth Copa del Rey final in seven seasons.

Fernando Torres celebrates

Fernando Torres has three goals since returning to Atletico Madrid

Arda Turan is led away by Barcelona players

Arda Turan inexplicably picked his boot up and threw it, narrowly missing a referee’s assistant, as tempers boiled over in the second half

Neymar and Lionel Messi

Neymar now has 21 goals this season and both his strikes at the Vicente Calderon arrived to end blistering counter-attacks

Lineup, Bookings (13) & Substitutions (6)

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Oblak
  • 20 Juanfran (Gámez – 58′ )
  • 23 Miranda
  • 24 Giménez de Vargas Booked
  • 03 Siqueira Booked
  • 08 Raúl García Booked
  • 14 Gabi Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 Suárez Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 10 Turan Booked (Gracia Calmache – 63′ Booked )
  • 19 Torres Booked
  • 07 Griezmann (Ñíguez – 45′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Moyá Rumbo
  • 09 Mandzukic
  • 11 Jiménez
  • 17 Ñíguez
  • 18 Gámez
  • 22 Gracia Calmache
  • 28 Hernández

Barcelona

  • 01 ter Stegen
  • 22 Dani Alves Booked
  • 03 Piqué
  • 14 Mascherano Booked (Mathieu – 62′ )
  • 18 Alba
  • 04 Rakitic (Alcántara do Nascimento – 70′ )
  • 05 Busquets
  • 08 Iniesta
  • 10 Messi Booked
  • 09 Suárez
  • 11 Neymar (Pedro – 77′ )

Substitutes

  • 06 Xavi
  • 07 Pedro
  • 12 Alcántara do Nascimento
  • 15 Bartra
  • 21 Adriano
  • 24 Mathieu
  • 25 Masip
Ref: Jesús Gil Manzano
Att: 53,800


Match Stats

Possession

25




75

Shots

7




14

On target

4




7

Corners

3




4

Fouls

18




13

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Southampton 2-3 Crystal Palace

Southampton v Crystal Palace

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Southampton 2

Pellè 9′ Dann 16′ (og)

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Crystal Palace 3

Chamakh 11′, 39′ Sanogo 21′

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  • HT 2-3

Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo scored his first Crystal Palace goal to level at 2-2

24 January 2015
Last updated at
17:21



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Four goals in 13 first-half minutes
  • Chamakh brace puts Palace 3-2 up at break
  • Eagles into last-16 for first time in five seasons
  • Alan Pardew has four wins from four

Marouane Chamakh struck twice to inspire Crystal Palace to a thrilling win at Southampton and a first FA Cup fifth round appearance in five seasons.

The striker slid in a rebound to level Graziano Pelle’s prodded close-range opener as the sides served up four goals in 13 first-half minutes.

Yaya Sanogo slammed in his first Palace goal with the aid of a deflection to cancel out Scott Dann’s own goal.

And Chamakh sealed the win before half-time, rounding Fraser Forster to net.

It was a potent return from injury for Chamakh, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since 13 December.

His winner confirmed Palace’s second last-16 appearance in 12 years and the striker was superbly supported by Sanogo, Wilfried Zaha and Fraizer Campbell.

They terrorised the Premier League’s tightest defence. Ronald Koeman’s side had conceded two goals in a game only once this season but Palace’s three efforts from just 36% possession in the first half underlined their clinical display.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew now has two FA Cup wins at Crystal Palace, one more than in over four years at Newcastle

Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to defend his approach towards the FA Cup this week, having won just one tie in four seasons on Tyneside – a record he has now surpassed in three weeks at Palace.

It is now four wins from four for the 53-year-old and his side ended Southampton’s eight-match unbeaten run in the process.

Saints, whose manager Koeman has won domestic cups in Netherlands with Ajax and Spain with Valencia, led twice early on.

Pelle’s prod from an in-swinging corner was followed swiftly by Chamakh’s first goal since August, as he bravely followed up on Sanogo’s shot to net from four yards.

Saints in top-flight hell again

Southampton have lost 17 of their last 24 FA Cup matches against top flight opposition (W3 D4 L17).

Southampton, runners-up in 2003, have reached round five in six of the last 12 seasons and led again when Dann skewed into his own goal at the near post, but they again squandered the advantage quickly.

Sanogo and Campbell had drawn saves from Forster either side of Dann’s unfortunate moment and they continued to probe – equalising when Sanogo slammed in the exceptional Zaha’s pass with the aid of a wicked deflection.

And Palace were ahead before the break when Chamakh collected a diagonal through-ball on his chest before rounding Forster, ensuring both his shots on the day yielded goals.

Southampton pushed hard after the break but barely forced a save, with a wall of yellow shirts blocking shots and intercepting in key areas as Palace moved within three wins of a Wembley final.

Graziano Pelle scores

Pelle’s opener sparked a 13-minute period in which four goals were scored

Crystal Palace celebrate against Southampton

Zaha created Palace’s first two goals as they levelled quickly through Chamakh and then Sanogo

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 02 Clyne Booked
  • 05 Gardos Booked (Targett – 45′ Booked )
  • 06 Fonte Booked
  • 21 Bertrand
  • 18 Cork (Long – 59′ )
  • 08 Davis
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 22 Elia
  • 11 Tadic
  • 19 Pellè

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 07 Long (Seager – 72′ )
  • 27 Isgrove
  • 28 Reed
  • 32 McCarthy
  • 33 Targett
  • 45 Seager

Crystal Palace

  • 13 Hennessey
  • 02 Ward
  • 06 Dann
  • 27 Delaney
  • 34 Kelly
  • 11 Zaha
  • 28 Ledley
  • 18 McArthur
  • 10 Campbell (Murray – 81′ )
  • 29 Chamakh Booked (Puncheon – 64′ )
  • 09 Sanogo (Mariappa – 78′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Speroni
  • 03 Mariappa
  • 04 Hangeland
  • 16 Gayle
  • 17 Murray
  • 25 Bannan
  • 42 Puncheon
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 31,320


Match Stats

Possession

64




36

Shots

11




10

On target

3




5

Corners

5




3

Fouls

13




10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

90:00 +6:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

90:00 +5:33

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:36

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

90:00 +3:36

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:49

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +0:01

Eljero Elia (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:01

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

88:10

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

88:01

Attempt saved. Eljero Elia (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:14

Eljero Elia (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:14

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

85:26

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

83:39

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

83:39

Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:33

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:33

Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

80:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray replaces Fraizer Campbell.

77:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Adrian Mariappa replaces Yaya Sanogo.

77:08 Booking

Booking Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

77:04

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

77:04

Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Ryan Seager replaces Shane Long because of an injury.

71:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:22

Delay in match Shane Long (Southampton) because of an injury.

68:53 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

68:46

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

68:46

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:36

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

66:29

Attempt blocked. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

65:53

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:54

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:54

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

63:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon replaces Marouane Chamakh.

61:15

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Scott Dann.

59:16

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

59:16

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Jack Cork.

57:12

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:24

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

51:54 Booking

Booking Matt Targett (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

51:50

Foul by Matt Targett (Southampton).

51:50

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:32

Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

49:02

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

46:17

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

46:17

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Matt Targett replaces Florin Gardos.

45:00 +3:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

45:00 +2:51

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

45:00 +2:09 Booking

Booking Florin Gardos (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +2:04

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

45:00 +2:04

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:01

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

41:53 Booking

Booking Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

41:14

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

38:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

35:11

Attempt blocked. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:30

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

34:30

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:19

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Florin Gardos.

31:45

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

30:18

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:48

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:48

Foul by Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace).

27:15

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

27:15

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:45

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

23:22

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:22

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

22:24

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:24

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

20:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 2. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

19:23

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:23

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

17:44

Attempt saved. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

15:50 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Scott Dann, Crystal Palace. Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 1.

15:20

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:00

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:57

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

10:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 1. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

8:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 0. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

7:47

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

6:15

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

6:15

Eljero Elia (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:46

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:46

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

2:21

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

2:21

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:43

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:16

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

0:16

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Southampton 2-3 Crystal Palace

Southampton v Crystal Palace

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Southampton 2

Pellè 9′ Dann 16′ (og)

Team badge of Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 3

Chamakh 11′, 39′ Sanogo 21′

  • FT 90 +7
  • HT 2-3

Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo scored his first Crystal Palace goal to level at 2-2

24 January 2015
Last updated at
17:21



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Four goals in 13 first-half minutes
  • Chamakh brace puts Palace 3-2 up at break
  • Eagles into last-16 for first time in five seasons
  • Alan Pardew has four wins from four

Marouane Chamakh struck twice to inspire Crystal Palace to a thrilling win at Southampton and a first FA Cup fifth round appearance in five seasons.

The striker slid in a rebound to level Graziano Pelle’s prodded close-range opener as the sides served up four goals in 13 first-half minutes.

Yaya Sanogo slammed in his first Palace goal with the aid of a deflection to cancel out Scott Dann’s own goal.

And Chamakh sealed the win before half-time, rounding Fraser Forster to net.

It was a potent return from injury for Chamakh, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since 13 December.

His winner confirmed Palace’s second last-16 appearance in 12 years and the striker was superbly supported by Sanogo, Wilfried Zaha and Fraizer Campbell.

They terrorised the Premier League’s tightest defence. Ronald Koeman’s side had conceded two goals in a game only once this season but Palace’s three efforts from just 36% possession in the first half underlined their clinical display.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew now has two FA Cup wins at Crystal Palace, one more than in over four years at Newcastle

Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to defend his approach towards the FA Cup this week, having won just one tie in four seasons on Tyneside – a record he has now surpassed in three weeks at Palace.

It is now four wins from four for the 53-year-old and his side ended Southampton’s eight-match unbeaten run in the process.

Saints, whose manager Koeman has won domestic cups in Netherlands with Ajax and Spain with Valencia, led twice early on.

Pelle’s prod from an in-swinging corner was followed swiftly by Chamakh’s first goal since August, as he bravely followed up on Sanogo’s shot to net from four yards.

Saints in top-flight hell again

Southampton have lost 17 of their last 24 FA Cup matches against top flight opposition (W3 D4 L17).

Southampton, runners-up in 2003, have reached round five in six of the last 12 seasons and led again when Dann skewed into his own goal at the near post, but they again squandered the advantage quickly.

Sanogo and Campbell had drawn saves from Forster either side of Dann’s unfortunate moment and they continued to probe – equalising when Sanogo slammed in the exceptional Zaha’s pass with the aid of a wicked deflection.

And Palace were ahead before the break when Chamakh collected a diagonal through-ball on his chest before rounding Forster, ensuring both his shots on the day yielded goals.

Southampton pushed hard after the break but barely forced a save, with a wall of yellow shirts blocking shots and intercepting in key areas as Palace moved within three wins of a Wembley final.

Graziano Pelle scores

Pelle’s opener sparked a 13-minute period in which four goals were scored

Crystal Palace celebrate against Southampton

Zaha created Palace’s first two goals as they levelled quickly through Chamakh and then Sanogo

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 02 Clyne Booked
  • 05 Gardos Booked (Targett – 45′ Booked )
  • 06 Fonte Booked
  • 21 Bertrand
  • 18 Cork (Long – 59′ )
  • 08 Davis
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 22 Elia
  • 11 Tadic
  • 19 Pellè

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 07 Long (Seager – 72′ )
  • 27 Isgrove
  • 28 Reed
  • 32 McCarthy
  • 33 Targett
  • 45 Seager

Crystal Palace

  • 13 Hennessey
  • 02 Ward
  • 06 Dann
  • 27 Delaney
  • 34 Kelly
  • 11 Zaha
  • 28 Ledley
  • 18 McArthur
  • 10 Campbell (Murray – 81′ )
  • 29 Chamakh Booked (Puncheon – 64′ )
  • 09 Sanogo (Mariappa – 78′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Speroni
  • 03 Mariappa
  • 04 Hangeland
  • 16 Gayle
  • 17 Murray
  • 25 Bannan
  • 42 Puncheon
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 31,320


Match Stats

Possession

64




36

Shots

11




10

On target

3




5

Corners

5




3

Fouls

13




10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

90:00 +6:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

90:00 +5:33

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:36

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

90:00 +3:36

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:49

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +0:01

Eljero Elia (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:01

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

88:10

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

88:01

Attempt saved. Eljero Elia (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:14

Eljero Elia (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:14

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

85:26

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

83:39

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

83:39

Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:33

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:33

Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

80:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray replaces Fraizer Campbell.

77:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Adrian Mariappa replaces Yaya Sanogo.

77:08 Booking

Booking Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

77:04

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

77:04

Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Ryan Seager replaces Shane Long because of an injury.

71:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:22

Delay in match Shane Long (Southampton) because of an injury.

68:53 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

68:46

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

68:46

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:36

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

66:29

Attempt blocked. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

65:53

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:54

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:54

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

63:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon replaces Marouane Chamakh.

61:15

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Scott Dann.

59:16

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

59:16

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Jack Cork.

57:12

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:24

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

51:54 Booking

Booking Matt Targett (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

51:50

Foul by Matt Targett (Southampton).

51:50

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:32

Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

49:02

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

46:17

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

46:17

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Matt Targett replaces Florin Gardos.

45:00 +3:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

45:00 +2:51

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

45:00 +2:09 Booking

Booking Florin Gardos (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +2:04

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

45:00 +2:04

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:01

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

41:53 Booking

Booking Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

41:14

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

38:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 3. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

35:11

Attempt blocked. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:30

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

34:30

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:19

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Florin Gardos.

31:45

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

30:18

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:48

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:48

Foul by Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace).

27:15

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

27:15

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:45

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

23:22

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:22

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

22:24

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:24

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

20:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 2. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

19:23

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:23

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

17:44

Attempt saved. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

15:50 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Scott Dann, Crystal Palace. Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 1.

15:20

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:00

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:57

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

10:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 1. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

8:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 0. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

7:47

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

6:15

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

6:15

Eljero Elia (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:46

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:46

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

2:21

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

2:21

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:43

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:16

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

0:16

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

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Real Madrid 2-2 (agg 2-4) Atl Madrid

Real Madrid v Atl Madrid

Real Madrid 2

Ramos 20′ Ronaldo 54′

Atl Madrid 2

Torres 1′, 46′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 1-1
  • (agg 24)

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres left Atletico Madrid for £26.5m in 2007 after making 214 league appearances

15 January 2015
Last updated at
23:27



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Torres scores in the first minute of each half
  • Ramos and Ronaldo each equalise
  • Atleti unbeaten in five against Real this season
  • Diego Simeone’s side to face Barcelona

Fernando Torres struck his first goals since returning to Atletico Madrid, firing a brace in a 4-2 Copa del Rey aggregate win over holders Real Madrid.

Atletico

led 2-0 from the first leg

and Torres stunned the Bernabeu, smashing in left-footed after 49 seconds.

Sergio Ramos’s header levelled but, in the first minute of the second half, Torres beat Pepe to slide in a second.

Real needed three goals to win after Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but Atleti will meet Barcelona in the last eight.

Barca

cruised to a 9-0 aggregate win

over Elche, but for Atleti, the last-16 stage provided a stiffer test and significant bragging rights.

The La Liga champions inflicted a first domestic cup defeat on Carlo Ancelotti since he arrived to manage their city rivals in 2013.

Los Rojiblancos can also boast being five games unbeaten against Real this season, a record which looked certain to continue after less than a minute’s play in the Spanish capital.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d’Or award moments before kick-off but Fernando Torres scored quickly to change the mood

Soon after Ronaldo stopped parading his Fifa Ballon d’Or award moments before kick-off, Torres plundered the opener, sweeping into the top corner from 10 yards with a first-time shot following Antoine Griezmann’s cross.

Torres, who left Atleti in 2007, had never scored at the Bernabeu with his boyhood club but, in for the unwell Mario Mandzukic, he left Real needing four goals to progress.

Ramos netted a last-minute leveller which spurred Real on to a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico in last season’s Champions League final and he was in the right place when goalkeeper Jan Oblak – making just his fifth appearance – flapped at a set-piece delivery.


Swarms of white shirts peppered the visitors’ area and Ronaldo’s goal-bound strike was only kept out by Mario Suarez on the goal-line as Real dominated with 76% of possession in the opening half.

But Diego Simeone’s side only had 27% of the ball in the first leg and they again demonstrated the resilience he has instilled in them since taking over in December 2011.

The Argentine has delivered successive league finishes of fifth, third and first along with Europa League success in 2012 and a Copa del Rey triumph in 2013.

In Europa League, Champions League and Copa del Rey fixtures, he now has 16 successes from 18 two-legged ties and Torres’s second came at the perfect time, killing Real’s second-half hope.

He again collected a Griezmann pass before wrong-footing Pepe to fire under home keeper Keylor Navas.

Ronaldo

– voted the greatest player in Portugal’s history on Wednesday – 

headed in from six yards to reduce the arrears on 54 minutes before Torres was substituted to jeers from the home fans.

Karim Benzema could not turn their frustration to hope when he fired over from four yards as La Liga leaders Real relinquished their hold on Spain’s coveted domestic cup.

Real Madrid team bus is met by fans

The Real Madrid team bus arrived amid passionate and colourful scenes at the Santiago Bernabeu

Fernando Torres

Torres finished with a first-time volley and saluted visiting fans sat high in the Bernabeu stands

Sergio Ramos scores

Sergio Ramos scored his fifth club goal of the season as Real mounted heavy pressure following the opening goal

Atletico Madrid celebrate

Fernando Torres was mobbed by Atletico’s players when he netted a second less than a minute after the interval

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (5)

Real Madrid

  • 13 Navas
  • 15 Carvajal Booked
  • 03 Pepe (Varane – 59′ )
  • 04 Ramos Booked
  • 12 Marcelo Booked
  • 23 Isco Booked
  • 08 Kroos
  • 10 Rodríguez (Jesé – 72′ )
  • 11 Bale
  • 09 Benzema
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 02 Varane
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 06 Khedira
  • 14 Hernández
  • 20 Jesé
  • 24 Illarramendi

Atlético Madrid

  • 13 Oblak
  • 20 Juanfran
  • 23 Miranda
  • 02 Godín Booked
  • 03 Siqueira
  • 04 Suárez
  • 05 Tiago Booked
  • 08 Raúl García Booked (Jiménez – 81′ )
  • 07 Griezmann (Gabi – 74′ )
  • 06 Koke Booked
  • 19 Torres (Turan – 58′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Moyá Rumbo
  • 10 Turan
  • 11 Jiménez
  • 14 Gabi
  • 17 Ñíguez
  • 18 Gámez
  • 24 Giménez de Vargas
Ref: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Att: 81,000


Match Stats

Possession

63




37

Shots

31




10

On target

8




2

Corners

10




4

Fouls

14




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Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle United

Chelsea v Newcastle

Team badge of Chelsea

Chelsea 2

Oscar 43′ Diego Costa 59′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 1-0

Chelsea celebrate

Diego Costa scored his 15th league goal of the season

10 January 2015
Last updated at
17:14



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Oscar opener arrives against run of play
  • Costa adds superb team goal
  • Blues maintain 100% league record at home
  • Chelsea open two-point gap at top

Chelsea overcame Newcastle to record a 10th straight home league win and move two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko hit the post early on as the Blues struggled.

But a quickly-taken corner afforded Oscar space to score from eight yards and Chelsea then took control.

Diego Costa rounded off a wonderful team move with a low strike as Jose Mourinho’s side took advantage of

City’s 1-1 draw at Everton.


The manner of Costa’s 15th league goal of the season contrasted with much of Chelsea’s afternoon, as such a flowing move seemed beyond them for much of the day.

Eden Hazard’s clipped cross, collected and flicked in one movement by Oscar for the on-rushing Costa was exquisite and buried low into the bottom corner by the striker.

Chelsea had drawn at Southampton and lost at Tottenham in league games prior to this meeting and though they were not at their best, built on a fifth straight home clean sheet to maintain their 100% home league record and now no longer rely on goal difference to top the table.

Newcastle, one of only two sides to beat Chelsea in the league this season, sought a first league double over the Blues in 28 years, and will rue missed chances in the opening period.

Diego Costa scores

When Diego Costa doubled Chelsea’s lead, the Blues took full control

Caretaker boss John Carver has now overseen a draw with Burnley, an FA Cup exit and this defeat at Chelsea in his three games in charge, form unlikely to prove sufficient to fulfil

his hopes of landing the job full-time.

His selection was boosted by the return from injury of goalkeeper Tim Krul, but it was Remy Cabella, making only his 10th league start, who impressed early on.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech – in for Thibaut Courtois who is nursing a finger injury – denied the Frenchman from 18 yards with a low diving save, but he was beaten when Sissoko’s thumping shot from the edge of the box smashed against the post.

Blues hot at home

Chelsea are only the fifth team in Premier League history to win their opening 10 home games. They follow Newcastle in 1995-96, Chelsea 2005-06 and Manchester City in both 2011-12 and 2013-14.

That narrow miss proved crucial moments later when Willian’s quickly taken corner caught Newcastle cold and allowed Branislav Ivanovic to feed the unmarked Oscar for his first goal since 1 November.

It was harsh on Newcastle, who had nine shots to their hosts’ three in the opening period and never regained their momentum as Costa’s second sealed the points.

The Spain international could have added a second late on but after leading defenders a merry dance with a superb run, his scuffed shot was cleared off the line by Fabricio Coloccini.

Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland:

“The team was much better in the second half and controlled the game, playing some good football around their box.


“You always want to play well but that’s not always possible. Today was a 45 minutes which we haven’t had often over the course of the season but we still managed to be 1-0 up at half time. It is important that when you don’t play as well as you’d like to still get the result.”

Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver:

“When we got here people said we would park the bus, we didn’t do that, we created some great chances but switching off just before half time is a cardinal sin.

“It’s not as if we didn’t talk about it because we conceded from a short corner against Leicester last week and we watched a video so we’d talked about it but that’s what happens when you play top sides.

“It’s been a difficult time because of the Christmas period so we have not had much prep time and this is the first week we’ve had a full training week and they executed the plan as I wanted. I told them after I’m proud of them.”

Chelsea and Newcastle team

Kurt Zouma made his first league start for Chelsea while Petr Cech started only his third league game this season

Oscar celebrates

Oscar netted from eight yards for his fourth league goal of the season, though it arrived against the run of play

John Carver

John Carver wants the Newcastle job full-time but has just one draw to show from three matches

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 05 Zouma
  • 26 Terry
  • 28 Azpilicueta (Filipe Luis – 37′ )
  • 04 Fàbregas
  • 21 Matic Booked
  • 22 Willian
  • 08 Oscar Booked (Ramires – 79′ )
  • 10 Hazard
  • 19 Diego Costa (Remy – 84′ )

Substitutes

  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 07 Ramires
  • 11 Drogba
  • 12 Mikel
  • 13 Courtois
  • 18 Remy
  • 24 Cahill

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 22 Janmaat
  • 06 Williamson Booked
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 36 Dummett Booked
  • 08 Anita
  • 14 Colback Booked
  • 20 Cabella
  • 07 Sissoko (Riviere – 84′ )
  • 11 Gouffran (Ameobi – 63′ )
  • 17 Pérez

Substitutes

  • 03 Santon
  • 19 Haidara
  • 23 Vuckic
  • 28 Ameobi
  • 29 Riviere
  • 37 Satka
  • 41 Woodman
Ref: Roger East
Att: 41,612


Match Stats

Possession

63




37

Shots

9




11

On target

5




5

Corners

7




4

Fouls

13




13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 2, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +3:07

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:07

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United).

90:00 +2:29

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

88:21

Attempt blocked. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Colback.

87:37

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

86:34

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:34

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

85:12

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:12

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

83:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Emmanuel Rivière replaces Moussa Sissoko.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Loïc Remy replaces Diego Costa.

80:06

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:06

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

79:18

Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

78:35

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

78:31

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

78:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces Oscar.

76:56

Foul by Filipe Luis (Chelsea).

76:56

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:24 Booking

Booking Oscar (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:20

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

75:20

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:40

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Tim Krul.

72:24

Foul by Filipe Luis (Chelsea).

72:24

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:55

Attempt blocked. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Colback.

70:22 Booking

Booking Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:04

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

70:04

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:15

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

69:15

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:41

Offside, Chelsea. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

67:10

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oscar with a headed pass.

65:00

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

65:00

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:31 Booking

Booking Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:23

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:23

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

63:40

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Petr Cech.

62:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi replaces Yoan Gouffran.

61:38

Foul by Filipe Luis (Chelsea).

61:38

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:23

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

60:05

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:05

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

58:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 2, Newcastle United 0. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oscar.

57:38

Offside, Chelsea. Kurt Zouma tries a through ball, but Nemanja Matic is caught offside.

57:09 Booking

Booking Jack Colback (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:05

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:05

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

54:27

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Nemanja Matic is caught offside.

53:46

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

51:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:09

Delay in match Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

50:10

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

49:16

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:16

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

48:14

Offside, Chelsea. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but Branislav Ivanovic is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 1, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 1, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +0:57

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00 +0:03 Booking

Booking Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:52

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:52

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

44:04

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

44:04

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, Newcastle United 0. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic following a corner.

42:06

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

38:22

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Yoan Gouffran.

36:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Filipe Luis replaces César Azpilicueta because of an injury.

36:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:32

Delay in match César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) because of an injury.

36:00

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat.

32:12

Attempt missed. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

31:27

Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

31:17

Attempt saved. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat.

29:32

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:32

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

29:02

Offside, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Oscar is caught offside.

28:11

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Rémy Cabella.

26:32

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:32

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

25:53

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Oscar is caught offside.

24:58

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:58

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

22:40

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

21:11

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jack Colback.

20:55

Attempt blocked. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

20:52

Attempt saved. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

19:57

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

19:57

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:47

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by John Terry.

18:40

Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

18:28

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

18:28

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:51

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

17:51

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:43

Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:02

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

15:02

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:58

Hand ball by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

6:01

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

3:53

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:53

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

2:52

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Stoke City 3-1 Wrexham

Stoke v Wrexham

Team badge of Stoke City

Stoke 3

Arnautovic 80′ Ireland 88′, 90′

Team badge of Wrexham

Wrexham 1

Carrington 73′

  • FT 90 +6
  • HT 0-0


4 January 2015
Last updated at
17:33



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Wrexham take second-half lead at Britannia
  • Arnautovic levels with 10 minutes remaining
  • Stephen Ireland double seals win
  • Stoke into Monday’s fourth-round draw

Non-league Wrexham surrendered a second-half lead as Premier League Stoke City progressed in the FA Cup.

The Conference side – 97 places below the Potters in the football pyramid – led through Mark Carrington’s header, sending 5,000 travelling fans wild.

But Marko Arnautovic tapped in when substitute Peter Crouch was denied and another replacement – Stephen Ireland – drove in from 18 yards.

Ireland added a third with a powerful finish as Stoke reached round four.

The Potters – a comfortable 11th in the Premier League – look well placed to target a cup run with no obvious threat of relegation from the top flight.

But a repeat of their 2011 run to Wembley looked in jeopardy against a side known for their own FA Cup exploits until Mark Hughes’s introduction of Crouch paid dividends as he created two quick-fire goals.

Wrexham celebrate

Mark Carrington gave Wrexham the lead on 73 minutes but they conceded three late goals

Hughes, a three-time FA Cup winner as a player, is Wrexham born and knew all about his opponents’ cup pedigree.

The Welsh side claimed the scalps of Arsenal, Ipswich and Middlesbrough in the ’90s and although they are now in a seventh straight season outside the Football League, arrived at the Britannia in confident mood, with one defeat in eight.


With an army of their supporters making the 40-mile trip to fill Stoke’s South Stand, Kevin Wilkin’s side showed energy and discipline to shut down space in a first half devoid of chances.

Their 20-year-old on-loan goalkeeper Jonathan Flatt excelled and in just his fourth senior appearance brilliantly denied Crouch an opener in the second period, tipping a header over the bar.

It was a first serious threat from Stoke, who looked disjointed having made seven changes, and when Dragons’ midfielder Wes York curled a 25-yard effort against the crossbar the away contingent sensed an upset.

It appeared to have arrived moments later when Carrington connected with Connor Jennings’s right-wing cross to power a header into the bottom corner – but dreams of a first fourth-round appearance since 2000 were short-lived.

Never in doubt

Stoke have met Wrexham 16 times and won on 15 occasions

Crouch muscled space in the box and when Flatt – who now returns to Wolves – saved his effort, Arnautovic could not miss.

Ireland too profited from Crouch’s efforts as the tall centre forward executed a perfect knockdown for the midfielder to score with a low drive from 18 yards.

The Irishman’s second was more intricate as an exchange of passes around the edge of the area afforded the ex-Manchester City player time to pick his spot and send the 2011 runners-up into Monday’s draw.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

“At 1-0, I thought we were going out to be perfectly honest. We didn’t play anything like we should have done and credit to Wrexham, they were excellent.

“In the end we got away wit it. We made changes at the end to try to get some craft into our play and thankfully Stephen Ireland took the game away from them.

“It’s been a tough period for everybody and I think I have 17 or 18 players I can call upon. I was hoping I didn’t have to use the likes of Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters but felt we needed to in the end.”

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin:

“I am very proud but there is a lot of disappointment in the dressing room.

“It is a difficult one to take when we have gone as close as we have. We are proud of what we did but it is tinged with a bit of disappointment that we haven’t got at least a replay.”

Wrexham fans

An estimated 5,000 Wrexham fans made the trip to Stoke

Stoke v Wrexham

Wrexham goalkeeper Jonathan Flatt, 20, had just four senior appearances to his name before kick-off

Mark Carrington scores

Mark Carrington’s header was just his second goal in 26 appearances this season

Stephen Ireland scores

Stephen Ireland (centre) came off the bench to find the net twice in the closing stages

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Stoke City

  • 22 Butland
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 04 Huth
  • 12 Wilson
  • 20 Cameron (Ireland – 76′ )
  • 21 Sidwell (Crouch – 62′ )
  • 10 Arnautovic
  • 16 Adam
  • 24 Assaidi
  • 18 Diouf (Walters – 61′ )

Substitutes

  • 03 Pieters
  • 06 Whelan
  • 07 Ireland
  • 19 Walters
  • 25 Crouch
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 34 Shenton

Wrexham

  • 27 Flatt Booked
  • 30 Pearson
  • 04 Smith
  • 05 Hudson
  • 03 Ashton
  • 02 Carrington (Moult – 90′ )
  • 08 Harris
  • 26 Hunt
  • 15 Evans Booked (Clarke – 82′ )
  • 24 Jennings
  • 16 York (Bishop – 71′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Coughlin
  • 06 Clarke
  • 07 Durrell
  • 09 Moult
  • 10 Bishop
  • 14 Tomassen
  • 18 White
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 19,423


Match Stats

Possession

58




42

Shots

21




7

On target

8




3

Corners

13




5

Fouls

16




11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 3, Wrexham 1.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, Wrexham 1.

90:00 +4:11

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Wrexham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, Wrexham 1. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

90:00 +2:42

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:42

Foul by Blaine Hudson (Wrexham).

89:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Louis Moult replaces Mark Carrington.

88:39

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:39

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

88:16

Hand ball by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

87:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Wrexham 1. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

85:50 Booking

Booking Jonathan Flatt (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

82:16

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

81:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Joe Clarke replaces Rob Evans.

81:14

Attempt missed. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

79:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Wrexham 1. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

79:15

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

78:09

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Johnny Hunt.

77:06

Robert Huth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:06

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Geoff Cameron.

75:15

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

75:15

Jay Harris (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:34 Booking

Booking Rob Evans (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

74:08

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:08

Foul by Rob Evans (Wrexham).

72:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 0, Wrexham 1. Mark Carrington (Wrexham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor Jennings with a cross.

71:41

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

71:04

Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:04

Foul by Jay Harris (Wrexham).

70:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Andy Bishop replaces Wes York.

67:17

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

67:06

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonathan Flatt.

66:57

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

65:12

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Blaine Hudson.

64:09

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

63:25

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

63:25

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:54

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

62:22

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jay Harris.

61:44

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Marko Arnautovic.

61:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Steve Sidwell.

60:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Mame Biram Diouf.

60:39

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

60:31

Wes York (Wrexham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

57:59

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

56:30

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:44

Delay in match Manny Smith (Wrexham) because of an injury.

53:44

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:44

Foul by Rob Evans (Wrexham).

52:57

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

52:57

Rob Evans (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:18

Attempt missed. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

51:41

Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:41

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

49:24

Attempt missed. Marc Wilson (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

46:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:55

Delay in match James Pearson (Wrexham) because of an injury.

45:35

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

45:35

James Pearson (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 0, Wrexham 0.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 0, Wrexham 0.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City).

45:00 +0:46

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:21

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

44:02

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonathan Flatt.

42:37

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Stoke City).

42:37

Mark Carrington (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:21

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

40:21

Blaine Hudson (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:01

Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:42

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Blaine Hudson.

39:31

Attempt blocked. Robert Huth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

39:18

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Manny Smith.

39:04

Attempt blocked. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

36:24

Attempt blocked. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

36:02

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

34:18

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

34:18

Mark Carrington (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:22

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Stoke City).

33:22

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:06

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

32:06

Blaine Hudson (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:02

Attempt saved. Rob Evans (Wrexham) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:00

Hand ball by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

23:56

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Jack Butland.

20:57

Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

19:57

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:57

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

18:14

Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

17:40

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jay Harris.

17:11

Robert Huth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:11

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

14:51

Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:51

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

13:18

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Stoke City).

13:18

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:28

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:28

Foul by Rob Evans (Wrexham).

10:57

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonathan Flatt.

10:45

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

10:14

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

9:18

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Stoke City).

9:18

Connor Jennings (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:51

Attempt saved. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:37

Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:52

Attempt missed. Johnny Hunt (Wrexham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

5:18

Johnny Hunt (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:18

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Stoke City).

3:51

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:51

Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke City).

2:07

Attempt blocked. Neil Ashton (Wrexham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

1:31

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Robert Huth.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Blyth Spartans 2-3 Birmingham City

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham

Blyth Spartans 2

Dale 35′, 41′

Birmingham 3

Novak 52′ Thomas 55′, 58′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 2-0


3 January 2015
Last updated at
16:53



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Birmingham make 10 changes to face non-league hosts
  • Robbie Dale fires Blyth into two-goal lead
  • Lee Novak and Wes Thomas brace take Blues through

Birmingham City came from two down with three goals in six second-half minutes to avoid an embarrassing FA Cup upset at non-league Blyth Spartans.

The Championship club are 120 places above Blyth in the football pyramid but trailed to two Robbie Dale strikes.

The Blyth captain – a barman in his mother’s pub – turned in a Jarrett Rivers cross from six yards and added his seventh goal in six FA Cup ties with a run and finish from 18 yards.

His efforts sparked a standing half-time ovation from the 3,644 fans packed into Croft Park but when Lee Novak drilled home on 52 minutes, the mood shifted.

Birmingham striker Wes Thomas’s determined finish to level was in fitting with his side’s second-half attitude and his headed winner from four yards prevented a first defeat by non-league opposition in 21 years.

Blyth – conquerors of Hartlepool in round two and the lowest-ranked side left in the competition – could be forgiven for dreaming of just a second fourth-round appearance in their 116-year history at the break, such was their control.

The Northern Premier League outfit looked far from a side sat 16th in the seventh tier of English football and familiar with the test their bobbly home pitch offers.

A spartan

After Birmingham’s Nikola Zigic blazed the first chance of the game over Spartans – who also boast a taxi driver, labourer and engineer in their ranks – grew in confidence, none more so than Rivers.

His centre found Dale

– a player who says he is not too bothered about football – 

to apply an easy finish.

Spartans’ Stephen Turnbull described drawing Birmingham as an “anti-climax” but he and his team-mates looked eager and motivated when Dale dribbled from the left wing unchallenged to drill into the bottom right-hand corner.

Striker James Maguire, a plumber, saw a shot tipped over just before the half-time whistle as they almost made it 3-0.

But Birmingham boss Gary Rowett has instilled fight in his side and boasts just two defeats in 11 games in charge.

Though his 10 changes from the win at Nottingham Forest looked sluggish in the opening half, the response was vicious and when Novak reduced the arrears, Thomas delivered terminal blows to Blyth’s cup dreams.

Blyth defender Joel Dixon powered a header wide at the death but they will now focus on making up the 11 games they have in hand on some sides in their league as a result of cup exploits.

Birmingham will look forward to Monday’s fourth round draw.

Luis Figo

Former Real Madrid and Portugal winger Luis Figo started following Blyth Spartans on Twitter during their tie with Birmingham

Robbie Dale scores

Robbie Dale had the simple task of turning in Jordan Rivers’s cross from six yard to open the scoring

Blyth Spartans

A capacity 4,450 crowd turned out at Croft Park as Blyth sought a second fourth round place in their history

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Blyth Spartans

  • 01 Jeffries
  • 02 Dixon (Nicholson – 92′ )
  • 04 Hutchinson (Parker – 85′ )
  • 05 Buddle
  • 03 Watson
  • 06 Turnbull
  • 08 Hawkins
  • 10 Mullen (Richardson – 66′ )
  • 07 Rivers
  • 09 Maguire
  • 11 Dale Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Wearmouth
  • 14 Parker
  • 15 Hooks
  • 16 Richardson
  • 17 Wade
  • 18 Nicholson
  • 19 Harrison

Birmingham City

  • 21 Doyle
  • 02 Eardley
  • 06 Edgar
  • 28 Morrison
  • 18 Hancox Booked
  • 12 Novak
  • 17 Reilly
  • 39 Moussi
  • 07 Duffy Booked (Arthur – 82′ )
  • 19 Zigic
  • 10 Thomas

Substitutes

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Grounds
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 24 Arthur
  • 31 Caddis
  • 33 Gray
Ref: Mike Jones
Att: 3,644


Match Stats

Possession

49




51

Shots

9




10

On target

4




4

Corners

7




5

Fouls

12




12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 3.

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 3.

90:00 +2:58

Attempt missed. Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +1:58

Attempt missed. Danny Parker (Blyth Spartans) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:35

Corner, Blyth Spartans. Conceded by Neal Eardley.

90:00 +1:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blyth Spartans. Alex Nicholson replaces Joel Dixon.

89:00

Foul by Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans).

89:00

Guy Moussi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:15

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordan Watson.

84:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blyth Spartans. Danny Parker replaces Ryan Hutchinson because of an injury.

81:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Koby Arthur replaces Mark Duffy.

80:50

Hand ball by Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans).

79:06 Booking

Booking Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

79:00

Jarrett Rivers (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:59

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

78:08

Michael Richardson (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:08

Foul by Guy Moussi (Birmingham City).

77:05

Corner, Blyth Spartans. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

76:28

Attempt missed. Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:23

Foul by Nathan Buddle (Blyth Spartans).

75:23

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:28

Corner, Blyth Spartans. Conceded by David Edgar.

71:01

Attempt missed. Ryan Hutchinson (Blyth Spartans) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

70:29

Corner, Blyth Spartans. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

65:44

Jarrett Rivers (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:44

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blyth Spartans. Michael Richardson replaces Damen Mullen.

64:51

Foul by Damen Mullen (Blyth Spartans).

64:51

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:59

Attempt missed. Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:13

Attempt missed. Neal Eardley (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the right is just a bit too high.

62:00

Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:59

Foul by Ryan Hutchinson (Blyth Spartans).

59:15

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

59:15

Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 3. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

57:07

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Peter Jeffries.

54:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 2. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Novak.

52:22

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

51:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 1. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

48:09

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

47:48

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordan Watson.

46:03

Corner, Blyth Spartans. Conceded by David Edgar.

45:40

Corner, Blyth Spartans. Conceded by Neal Eardley.

45:00

Second Half begins Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 0.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 0.

45:00 +2:12

Attempt saved. Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:11 Booking

Booking Mark Duffy (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

42:06

Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:06

Foul by Mark Duffy (Birmingham City).

40:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blyth Spartans 2, Birmingham City 0. Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Turnbull.

40:09

Foul by Guy Moussi (Birmingham City).

40:09

Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:59

Attempt blocked. Neal Eardley (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:16

Foul by Ryan Hutchinson (Blyth Spartans).

38:16

Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:39 Booking

Booking Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) is shown the yellow card.

36:36

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:36

Foul by Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans).

34:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blyth Spartans 1, Birmingham City 0. Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jarrett Rivers.

34:24

Attempt blocked. Jarrett Rivers (Blyth Spartans) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

33:25

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

33:25

Ryan Hutchinson (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:35

Mark Duffy (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:35

Foul by Damen Mullen (Blyth Spartans).

29:19

Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:19

Foul by Stephen Turnbull (Blyth Spartans).

27:23

Guy Moussi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:23

Foul by Stephen Turnbull (Blyth Spartans).

25:40

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from very close range is close, but misses the top left corner.

22:51

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

22:51

Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:56

Foul by Neal Eardley (Birmingham City).

21:56

Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:08

Mark Duffy (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:08

Foul by Nathan Buddle (Blyth Spartans).

16:15

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Nathan Buddle.

14:47

Attempt saved. Stephen Turnbull (Blyth Spartans) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

14:12

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

14:12

Daniel Hawkins (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:08

Corner, Blyth Spartans. Conceded by Guy Moussi.

11:34

Foul by Mark Duffy (Birmingham City).

11:34

Jarrett Rivers (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:02

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:02

Foul by Daniel Hawkins (Blyth Spartans).

8:26

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

7:03

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

7:03

(Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:07

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Stephen Turnbull.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

Southampton v Arsenal

Team badge of Southampton

Southampton 2

Mané 34′ Tadic 56′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 1-0

Dusan Tadic scored

Wojciech Szczesny presented a gift of a second goal to Dusan Tadic

1 January 2015
Last updated at
17:10



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Szczesny makes errors for both goals
  • Mane and Tadic take advantage to score
  • Saints stay fourth, three points above Arsenal
  • Supporter confronts Wenger in dugout

Southampton punished two errors by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to stay fourth in the Premier League.

Szczesny raced from his goal in the first half to allow Sadio Mane to curl into an empty net from a narrow angle.

Saints’ keeper Fraser Forster superbly saved from Alexis Sanchez before Szczesny kicked a loose ball while on the floor to Dusan Tadic, who poked in.

Southampton could have scored more, with Graziano Pelle’s shot cleared off the line, as Arsenal drop to sixth.


The Gunners’ defeat sparked an angry reaction from one supporter, who

confronted manager Arsene Wenger in the dugout

late on as his side slipped three points behind the victors.

Saints’ manager Ronald Koeman suggested his side

could finish above Arsenal this week,

a feat which seemed unlikely in the summer as almost £100m of players left.

A run of four league defeats from late November issued a reality check at the south coast club but dreams of a top-four finish once again seem realistic with 10 points taken from the last 12 on offer.

Saints in rare territory

Southampton started a calendar year in the top four in the Premier League for the first time since 1990.

Without the suspended Morgan Schneiderlin – a reported target for many teams in January – Koeman’s side were solid all over the pitch, none more so than goalkeeper Forster, who saved brilliantly from Santi Cazorla and Sanchez either side of Mane’s opener.

By contrast, Szczesny made errors which proved the difference between the teams.

First, the Poland keeper raced from his goal to confront Mane, but the Senegal striker – soon heading for the African Cup of Nations – curled in his third goal in as many games with a measured finish from the byline.

Sadio Mane

The Arsenal keeper then superbly denied James Ward-Prowse from 12 yards before the break, but panicked when grounded in his six-yard box before the hour mark and kicked a loose ball straight to Tadic, who scored his second Premier League goal.

The Arsenal keeper instantly sipped his sports bottle with a bemused look on his face. It was the seventh goal his side have conceded from an error this season – only Everton, with 11, have more.


The Gunners nearly added to that tally when Szczesny was sold short by a backpass and Mathieu Debuchy was left to clear Pelle’s prod off the line.

Pelle had more shots than any other Premier League player in the first half of the season and also came close to adding to his eight league goals when he struck the post in each half.

His missed chances underlined the volume created by the home side but they were fortunate to end with 10 men when Florin Gardos – the last man – felled Alexis Sanchez with a quarter of the game remaining.

Referee Craig Pawson issued only a yellow and despite Arsenal introducing Theo Walcott for the first time since November, they rarely threatened to reduce the arrears.

Graziano Pelle

Graziano Pelle had five attempts at goal, hitting the post twice and seeing one cleared off the line

Per Mertesacker lunged but could not keep out Sadio Mane's curled effort as Sczesny raced back

Per Mertesacker lunged but could not keep out Sadio Mane’s curled effort as Sczesny raced back

Southampton score

Szczesny’s second error landed at the feet of Dusan Tadic who scored his second league goal of the season

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as his side struggled to hurt their hosts

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 17 Alderweireld
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Gardos Booked (Yoshida – 71′ )
  • 21 Bertrand
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 12 Wanyama Booked
  • 11 Tadic (Long – 85′ )
  • 10 Mané (Reed – 42′ )
  • 08 Davis
  • 19 Pellè

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 07 Long
  • 27 Isgrove
  • 28 Reed
  • 32 McCarthy
  • 33 Targett

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy (Akpom – 84′ )
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 03 Gibbs
  • 21 Chambers (Walcott – 60′ )
  • 34 Coquelin Booked
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 17 Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 14 Walcott
  • 18 Monreal
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Campbell
  • 38 Akpom
  • 39 Bellerin
  • 70 Maitland-Niles
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 31,492


Match Stats

Possession

41




59

Shots

13




11

On target

6




6

Corners

2




7

Fouls

14




7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +1:32

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:32

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

90:00 +1:06

Offside, Southampton. Harrison Reed tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

88:10

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:10

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

85:47

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

84:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Chuba Akpom replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

81:47

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:47

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

79:57

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

78:34

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:34

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

77:36

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:37

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

73:59 Booking

Booking Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:57

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

73:57

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Florin Gardos.

69:14

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

67:50

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

66:52 Booking

Booking Florin Gardos (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:39

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:39

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

64:25

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

62:10

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

60:34

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

60:31

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Calum Chambers.

58:59

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

57:07

Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

55:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Arsenal 0. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

54:46

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

54:46

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:05

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

53:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Steven Davis.

52:38

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

50:57

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

50:57

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:15

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

47:10

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:10

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

45:38

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:38

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

45:29

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +0:45

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

44:43

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:43

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Southampton).

42:47

Hand ball by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

41:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Sadio Mané because of an injury.

41:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:42

Delay in match Sadio Mané (Southampton) because of an injury.

39:47

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

39:45

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

38:55

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

38:06

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

38:06

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:40

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

37:40

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:29

Delay in match Sadio Mané (Southampton) because of an injury.

33:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Arsenal 0. Sadio Mané (Southampton) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

29:57

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:57

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

29:18

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

26:39

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

22:20 Booking

Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:04

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:04

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

19:50

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

19:50

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:29

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

16:38

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

14:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

13:51

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

13:51

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:27

Attempt blocked. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

10:03

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

10:03

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:14

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:14

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

7:56

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

7:12

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francis Coquelin.

6:16

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

2:41

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

0:20

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:20

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

Southampton v Arsenal

Team badge of Southampton

Southampton 2

Mané 34′ Tadic 56′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 1-0

Dusan Tadic scored

Wojciech Szczesny presented a gift of a second goal to Dusan Tadic

1 January 2015
Last updated at
17:10



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Szczesny makes errors for both goals
  • Mane and Tadic take advantage to score
  • Saints stay fourth, three points above Arsenal

Southampton punished two errors by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to stay fourth in the Premier League.

Szczesny raced from his goal in the first half to allow Sadio Mane to curl into an empty net from a narrow angle.

Saints’ keeper Fraser Forster superbly saved from Alexis Sanchez before Szczesny kicked a loose ball while on the floor to Dusan Tadic, who poked in.

Southampton could have scored more, with Graziano Pelle’s shot cleared off the line, as Arsenal stay fifth.

Saints’ manager Ronald Koeman suggested his side

could finish above Arsenal this week,

a feat which seemed unlikely in the summer as almost £100m of players left.

A run of four league defeats from late November issued a reality check at the south coast club but dreams of a top-four finish once again seem realistic with 10 points taken from the last 12 on offer.

Saints in rare territory

Southampton started a calendar year in the top four in the Premier League for the first time since 1990.

Without the suspended Morgan Schneiderlin – a reported target for many teams in January – Koeman’s side were solid all over the pitch, none more so than goalkeeper Forster, who saved brilliantly from Santi Cazorla and Sanchez either side of Mane’s opener.

By contrast, Szczesny made errors which proved the difference between the teams.

First, the Poland keeper raced from his goal to confront Mane, but the Senegal striker – soon heading for the African Cup of Nations – curled in his third goal in as many games with a measured finish from the byline.

Sadio Mane

The Arsenal keeper then superbly denied James Ward-Prowse from 12 yards before the break, but panicked when grounded in his six-yard box before the hour mark and kicked a loose ball straight to Tadic, who scored his second Premier League goal.

The Arsenal keeper instantly sipped his sports bottle with a bemused look on his face. It was the seventh goal his side have conceded from an error this season – only Everton, with 11, have more.

The Gunners nearly added to that tally when Szczesny was sold short by a backpass and Mathieu Debuchy was left to clear Pelle’s prod off the line.

The Italy striker had more shots than any other Premier League player in the first half of the season and also came close to adding to his eight league goals as he also struck the post in each half.

Arsenal, who suffered a first defeat in five league outings, had a strong case to be playing 10-men with a quarter remaining when Florin Gardos felled Sanchez as he raced through on goal.

Referee Craig Pawson issued only a yellow and although Arsenal introduced Theo Walcott for the first time since November, they barely threatened to reduce the arrears.

Graziano Pelle

Graziano Pelle had five attempts at goal, hitting the post twice and seeing one cleared off the line

Per Mertesacker lunged but could not keep out Sadio Mane's curled effort as Sczesny raced back

Per Mertesacker lunged but could not keep out Sadio Mane’s curled effort as Sczesny raced back

Southampton score

Szczesny’s second error landed at the feet of Dusan Tadic who scored his second league goal of the season

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as his side struggled to hurt their hosts

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 17 Alderweireld
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Gardos Booked (Yoshida – 71′ )
  • 21 Bertrand
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 12 Wanyama Booked
  • 11 Tadic (Long – 85′ )
  • 10 Mané (Reed – 42′ )
  • 08 Davis
  • 19 Pellè

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 07 Long
  • 27 Isgrove
  • 28 Reed
  • 32 McCarthy
  • 33 Targett

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy (Akpom – 84′ )
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 03 Gibbs
  • 21 Chambers (Walcott – 60′ )
  • 34 Coquelin Booked
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 17 Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 14 Walcott
  • 18 Monreal
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Campbell
  • 38 Akpom
  • 39 Bellerin
  • 70 Maitland-Niles
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 31,492


Match Stats

Possession

41




59

Shots

13




11

On target

6




6

Corners

2




7

Fouls

14




7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +1:32

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:32

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

90:00 +1:06

Offside, Southampton. Harrison Reed tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

88:10

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:10

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

85:47

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

84:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Chuba Akpom replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

81:47

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:47

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

79:57

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

78:34

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:34

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

77:36

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:37

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

73:59 Booking

Booking Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:57

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

73:57

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Florin Gardos.

69:14

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

67:50

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

66:52 Booking

Booking Florin Gardos (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:39

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:39

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

64:25

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

62:10

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

60:34

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

60:31

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Calum Chambers.

58:59

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

57:07

Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

55:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Arsenal 0. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

54:46

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

54:46

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:05

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

53:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Steven Davis.

52:38

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

50:57

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

50:57

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:15

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

47:10

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:10

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

45:38

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:38

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

45:29

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +0:45

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

44:43

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:43

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Southampton).

42:47

Hand ball by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

41:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Sadio Mané because of an injury.

41:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:42

Delay in match Sadio Mané (Southampton) because of an injury.

39:47

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

39:45

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

38:55

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

38:06

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

38:06

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:40

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

37:40

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:29

Delay in match Sadio Mané (Southampton) because of an injury.

33:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Arsenal 0. Sadio Mané (Southampton) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

29:57

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:57

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

29:18

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

26:39

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

22:20 Booking

Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:04

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:04

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

19:50

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

19:50

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:29

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

16:38

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

14:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

13:51

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

13:51

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:27

Attempt blocked. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

10:03

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

10:03

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:14

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:14

Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

7:56

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

7:12

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francis Coquelin.

6:16

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

2:41

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

0:20

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:20

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United

Aston Villa v Man Utd

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Aston Villa 1

Benteke 18′

Team badge of Manchester United

Man Utd 1

Falcao 53′

  • FT 90 +4
  • HT 1-0

Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao made his fourth league start for Manchester United and scored his second goal

20 December 2014
Last updated at
17:08



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Falcao header cancels out Benteke goal
  • Man Utd prevented seven straight wins
  • Agbonlahor sent off in second half
  • United third, seven points off top

Ten-man Aston Villa ended Manchester United’s six-game winning run with a hard-earned draw at Villa Park.

United dominated possession but fell behind to Christian Benteke’s superb left-foot strike before Radamel Falcao headed them level after the break.

Gabriel Agbonlahor was dismissed for a heavy tackle on Ashley Young, prompting United pressure and Michael Carrick’s header was cleared off the line.

They could not force a winner and sit seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Blues could extend that lead if they win their game in hand at Stoke on Monday and United will look back at a timid first-half display as costly.

Manager Louis van Gaal asked his side to be better with ball before kick-off and they obliged with 76% of possession in the opening half an hour.

But against a Villa side without seven players because of injury or suspension, their dominance did not lead to clear-cut chances early on and they fell behind to Benteke’s clinical finish.

He collected Fabian Delph’s long free-kick to pull down inside the box, create space and fire into the top corner, giving fans hope of a first home win over United since 1995.

David Beckham and Gary Neville

Aston Villa’s last home win against Manchester United arrived in 1995, prompting Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen to state United would win nothing with kids

Villa’s record is abysmal against the Red Devils, with just one win in 38 league outings and they will look to a smart David De Gea save from Benteke’s early second-half header as a pivotal moment.

From there on, United – operating a 3-4-3 system with Wayne Rooney in midfield – looked more probing and after Juan Mata and Robin van Persie were denied by keeper Brad Guzan, Falcao broke through.

His second goal for United arrived on his fourth league start and his header from Young’s cross showcased the predator-like finishing he became so sought after for at Atletico Madrid.

In addition to earning a point, he completed 93% of his passes on the day and played a full 90 minutes for the first time but could not serve up a winner.

Not used to seeing red…

Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off for the first time in his 289-game Premier League career.

Lambert leapt from his bench in protest when Agbonlahor was shown a red card for a heavy tackle on his former team-mate Young but the Villa boss will be delighted with the resilience his side showed thereafter.

Villa are the lowest-scoring side in England’s top four divisions but defended admirably late on to move 12th in the table.

In the circumstances, they will likely be thrilled with a point, but United have now not lost in 19 games at Villa Park – the longest unbeaten away run in any fixture in top-flight history.

Michael Carrick – again used in central defence – glanced a header goalwards from a corner but saw Jores Okore hook his effort clear and though Angel Di Maria was introduced from the bench, added cutting edge failed to materialise.

James Wilson also appeared from the bench and tested Guzan late on but Villa held out for a first point against United since 2010.

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke’s goal was his second of the season and arrived after Manchester United had dominated possession

Gary Lineker twitter

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was quick to praise Benteke’s opening goal

radamel Falcao scores

Falcao scored early in the second half to notch his second goal in his last two starts for Manchester United

Aston Villa's players protest

Aston Villa faced over 25 minutes with 10 men when Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan Booked
  • 34 Lowton
  • 05 Okore
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 06 Clark
  • 23 Cissokho (Bacuna – 80′ )
  • 10 Weimann (N’Zogbia – 80′ )
  • 16 Delph
  • 24 Sánchez
  • 20 Benteke
  • 11 Agbonlahor Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 07 Bacuna
  • 17 Herd
  • 28 N’Zogbia
  • 31 Given
  • 37 Robinson
  • 39 Calder
  • 40 Grealish

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 04 Jones
  • 16 Carrick
  • 06 Evans
  • 25 A Valencia (Wilson – 74′ )
  • 24 Fletcher (Blackett – 45′ Booked )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 18 Young
  • 08 Mata
  • 20 van Persie (Di María – 61′ )
  • 09 Falcao

Substitutes

  • 02 Rafael
  • 07 Di María
  • 11 Januzaj
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 33 McNair
  • 42 Blackett
  • 49 Wilson
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 41,273


Match Stats

Possession

35




65

Shots

10




16

On target

4




9

Corners

3




9

Fouls

9




10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +2:20

Attempt saved. James Wilson (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

88:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

88:26

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:26

Foul by Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa).

87:39

Foul by Jonny Evans (Manchester United).

87:39

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:32

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

85:04

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Charles N’Zogbia is caught offside.

83:02

Offside, Aston Villa. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Charles N’Zogbia is caught offside.

80:59

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

80:59

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Aly Cissokho.

79:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Charles N’Zogbia replaces Andreas Weimann.

78:24

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

78:24

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

77:26

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

77:02

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

76:05

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

75:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74:34

Delay in match Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

74:26 Booking

Booking Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

74:19 Booking

Booking Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:16

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

74:16

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. James Wilson replaces Antonio Valencia.

71:51

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

70:22

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Wayne Rooney.

70:19

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:17

Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

69:39

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

69:39

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:57

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

67:46

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

66:53

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:53

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

66:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:55

Delay in match Ashley Young (Manchester United) because of an injury.

64:26 Dismissal

Dismissal Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) is shown the red card.

64:21

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:21

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

63:57

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

63:28

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

62:48

Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jores Okore.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ángel Di María replaces Robin van Persie.

60:11

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:11

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

59:03

Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

58:03

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

58:03

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:55

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:55

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

56:01

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

56:01

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:43

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Falcao.

54:39

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Young.

52:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1. Falcao (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

52:08

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:08

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

51:23

Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

49:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

49:54

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a through ball.

49:48

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

47:56

Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross following a corner.

47:27

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David de Gea.

47:26

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross.

46:59

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Jones.

46:57

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Tyler Blackett replaces Darren Fletcher.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +0:08

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:08

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

43:56

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

43:56

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:00

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

41:30

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Carlos Sánchez.

32:08

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez.

30:41

Offside, Manchester United. Phil Jones tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

24:21

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

23:11

Attempt saved. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robin van Persie with a through ball.

20:15

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:15

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

17:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

16:42

Foul by Darren Fletcher (Manchester United).

16:42

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:57

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

14:46

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao with a headed pass.

11:09

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

11:09

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:05

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:05

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

1:52

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United

Aston Villa v Man Utd

Team badge of Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1

Benteke 18′

Team badge of Manchester United

Man Utd 1

Falcao 53′

  • FT 90 +4
  • HT 1-0

Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao made his fourth league start for Manchester United and scored his second goal

20 December 2014
Last updated at
17:08



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Falcao header cancels out Benteke goal
  • Man Utd denied seventh straight win
  • Agbonlahor sent off in second half
  • United third, seven points off top

Ten-man Aston Villa ended Manchester United’s six-game winning run with a hard-earned draw at Villa Park.


United dominated possession but fell behind to Christian Benteke’s superb left-foot strike before Radamel Falcao headed them level after the break.

Gabriel Agbonlahor was dismissed for a heavy tackle on Ashley Young, prompting United pressure and Michael Carrick’s header was cleared off the line.

They could not force a winner and sit seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Blues could extend that lead if they win their game in hand at Stoke on Monday and United will look back at a timid first-half display as costly.

Manager Louis van Gaal asked his side to be better with ball before kick-off and they obliged with 76% of possession in the opening half an hour.

But against a Villa side without seven players because of injury or suspension, their dominance did not lead to clear-cut chances early on and they fell behind to Benteke’s clinical finish.

David Beckham and Gary Neville

Aston Villa’s last home win against Manchester United arrived in 1995, prompting Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen to state United would win nothing with kids

He collected Fabian Delph’s long free-kick to pull down inside the box, create space and fire into the top corner, giving fans hope of a first home win over United since 1995.

Villa’s record is abysmal against the Red Devils, with just one win in 38 league outings and they will look to a smart David De Gea save from Benteke’s early second-half header as a pivotal moment.

Not used to seeing red…

Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off for the first time in his 289-game Premier League career.

From there on, United – operating a 3-4-3 system with Wayne Rooney in midfield – looked more probing and after Juan Mata and Robin van Persie were denied by keeper Brad Guzan, Falcao broke through.

His second goal for United arrived on his fourth league start and his header from Young’s cross showcased the predator-like finishing he became so sought after for at Atletico Madrid.

In addition to earning a point, he completed 93% of his passes on the day and played a full 90 minutes for the first time but could not serve up a winner.

Lambert leapt from his bench in protest when Agbonlahor was shown a red card for a heavy tackle on his former team-mate Young but the Villa boss will be delighted with the resilience his side showed thereafter.


Villa are the lowest-scoring side in England’s top four divisions but defended admirably late on to move 12th in the table.

In the circumstances, they will likely be thrilled with a point, but United have now not lost in 19 games at Villa Park – the longest unbeaten away run in any fixture in top-flight history.

Carrick – again used in central defence – glanced a header goalwards from a corner but saw Jores Okore hook his effort clear and though Angel Di Maria was introduced from the bench, added cutting edge failed to materialise.

James Wilson also appeared from the bench and tested Guzan late on but Villa held out for a first point against United since 2010.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

“We highlighted at the beginning we were down to bare bones in a system we weren’t used to playing but I thought we looked great.

“I didn’t think it was a sending off to be fair. Ashley Young has said to Brad Guzan that he made the foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. That was not a sending off, everyone in the ground saw that.

“We changed the way we played, our passing was a lot better and we always have a threat up front. Look at the team, no Cleverley, Hutton, seven of them, a fantastic point.”

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke’s goal was his second of the season and arrived after Manchester United had dominated possession

Gary Lineker twitter

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was quick to praise Benteke’s opening goal

radamel Falcao scores

Falcao scored early in the second half to notch his second goal in his last two starts for Manchester United

Aston Villa's players protest

Aston Villa faced over 25 minutes with 10 men when Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan Booked
  • 34 Lowton
  • 05 Okore
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 06 Clark
  • 23 Cissokho (Bacuna – 80′ )
  • 10 Weimann (N’Zogbia – 80′ )
  • 16 Delph
  • 24 Sánchez
  • 20 Benteke
  • 11 Agbonlahor Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 07 Bacuna
  • 17 Herd
  • 28 N’Zogbia
  • 31 Given
  • 37 Robinson
  • 39 Calder
  • 40 Grealish

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 04 Jones
  • 16 Carrick
  • 06 Evans
  • 25 A Valencia (Wilson – 74′ )
  • 24 Fletcher (Blackett – 45′ Booked )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 18 Young
  • 08 Mata
  • 20 van Persie (Di María – 61′ )
  • 09 Falcao

Substitutes

  • 02 Rafael
  • 07 Di María
  • 11 Januzaj
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 33 McNair
  • 42 Blackett
  • 49 Wilson
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 41,273


Match Stats

Possession

35




65

Shots

10




16

On target

4




9

Corners

3




9

Fouls

9




10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +2:20

Attempt saved. James Wilson (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

88:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

88:26

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:26

Foul by Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa).

87:39

Foul by Jonny Evans (Manchester United).

87:39

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:32

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

85:04

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Charles N’Zogbia is caught offside.

83:02

Offside, Aston Villa. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Charles N’Zogbia is caught offside.

80:59

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

80:59

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Aly Cissokho.

79:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Charles N’Zogbia replaces Andreas Weimann.

78:24

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

78:24

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

77:26

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

77:02

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

76:05

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

75:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74:34

Delay in match Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

74:26 Booking

Booking Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

74:19 Booking

Booking Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:16

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

74:16

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. James Wilson replaces Antonio Valencia.

71:51

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

70:22

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Wayne Rooney.

70:19

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:17

Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

69:39

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

69:39

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:57

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

67:46

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

66:53

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:53

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

66:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:55

Delay in match Ashley Young (Manchester United) because of an injury.

64:26 Dismissal

Dismissal Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) is shown the red card.

64:21

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:21

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

63:57

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

63:28

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

62:48

Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jores Okore.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ángel Di María replaces Robin van Persie.

60:11

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:11

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

59:03

Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

58:03

Foul by Falcao (Manchester United).

58:03

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:55

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:55

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

56:01

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

56:01

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:43

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Falcao.

54:39

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Young.

52:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1. Falcao (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

52:08

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:08

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

51:23

Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

49:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

49:54

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a through ball.

49:48

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

47:56

Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross following a corner.

47:27

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David de Gea.

47:26

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross.

46:59

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Jones.

46:57

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Tyler Blackett replaces Darren Fletcher.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +0:08

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:08

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

43:56

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

43:56

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:00

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

41:30

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Carlos Sánchez.

32:08

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez.

30:41

Offside, Manchester United. Phil Jones tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

24:21

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

23:11

Attempt saved. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robin van Persie with a through ball.

20:15

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:15

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

17:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

16:42

Foul by Darren Fletcher (Manchester United).

16:42

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:57

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

14:46

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao with a headed pass.

11:09

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

11:09

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:05

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:05

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

1:52

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Swansea v Tottenham

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Swansea 1

Bony 48′

Team badge of Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham 2

Kane 4′ Eriksen 89′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 0-1

Christian Eriksen

Eriksen joined Tottenham from Ajax for £11.5m in August 2013

14 December 2014
Last updated at
18:44



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Late Eriksen winner moves Spurs seventh in table
  • Bony cancels out Kane’s headed opener
  • Swansea suffer second home defeat of season

Christian Eriksen struck a late winner against Swansea City to move Tottenham within four points of the Premier League’s top four.

The Dane found space to fire low past Gerhard Tremmel as the game neared injury time at the Liberty Stadium.


Earlier, the impressive Wilfried Bony had brought the hosts level with a stabbed shot, cancelling out Harry Kane’s powerful first-half header.

Spurs now sit seventh, two places and two points above the Swans.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will now look at fixtures against Burnley and Leicester City either side of Christmas Day as games which could lift them into the Champions League qualification places.

During a season in which Spurs have struggled to balance their Europa League progression with league commitments, victory took their tally to 12 points from a possible 24 in games after European excursions.

Nine fresh faces from the midweek defeat by Besiktas helped deliver a hard-earned win.

John Toshack

The last time Swansea beat Tottenham was in 1982 when John Toshack was in charge

Swansea, without a win over the visitors in 32 years, will rue wasted chances and a sloppy start where Kane ended Tottenham’s three-game goal drought.

The 21-year-old headed home Eriksen’s cross before ex-Swansea full-back Ben Davies – excellent throughout – denied Bony with a stunning last-ditch tackle.

Bony, a player whom Swansea manager Garry Monk said will

command an “astronomical fee”

if he leaves in the January transfer window, tormented the Tottenham defence.

Although he was denied early on by a smart Hugo Lloris save, he fired in from close range three minutes into the second half after his initial effort was blocked following Wayne Routledge’s cross.


Jonjo Shelvey and Jefferson Montero shot narrowly wide before Kane offered a warning with a glancing header.

But Eriksen cut inside before shooting low to stand-in keeper Tremmel’s right as Spurs secured a sixth win in seven Premier League games against Swansea.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk:

“It was a difficult start and we gave away a cheap goal but we started to create after that. There looked to be only one winner in the second half when we levelled and then there was the classic sucker-punch.

“An individual mistake has ended up costing us. It’s mesmerising how we didn’t win that game. We didn’t deserve that and we came away with no points from such a great effort.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

“We showed character, it was a difficult game because Swansea are a very good team. In the second half, they pushed us a little bit but we defended well and we were always alive in the game.

“Harry Kane scored again, he’s still young but he has potential and he needs time to play and work hard.”

Harry Kane scores

Harry Kane’s goal was his 11th of the season but only his third in the league

Wilfried Bony scores

Wilfried Bony has now scored eight goals in 10 games

Christian Eriksen scores

In addition to netting the winner, Eriksen recorded his first assist of the season. He provided eight in 2013-14

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Swansea City

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 22 Rangel (Richards – 70′ )
  • 27 Bartley Booked
  • 06 Williams
  • 03 Taylor Booked
  • 07 Britton (Shelvey – 55′ )
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng Booked
  • 15 Routledge
  • 23 Sigurdsson
  • 20 Montero
  • 10 Bony (Gomis – 85′ )

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 11 Emnes
  • 12 Dyer
  • 13 Cornell
  • 18 Gomis
  • 29 Richards

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Walker Booked
  • 21 Fazio
  • 05 Vertonghen Booked
  • 33 Davies
  • 38 Mason Booked (Stambouli – 70′ Booked )
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 11 Lamela (Chadli – 83′ )
  • 18 Kane
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 09 Soldado (Dembélé – 56′ )

Substitutes

  • 03 Rose
  • 06 Chiriches
  • 13 Vorm
  • 17 Townsend
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 22 Chadli
  • 25 Stambouli
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 20,650


Match Stats

Possession

53




47

Shots

15




10

On target

3




4

Corners

7




9

Fouls

7




17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +3:27 Booking

Booking Kyle Bartley (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:17

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Swansea City).

90:00 +3:17

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:35

Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:35

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +0:25

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Gerhard Tremmel.

90:00 +0:23

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

88:39

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Benjamin Stambouli.

85:18

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jefferson Montero.

84:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces Wilfried Bony.

82:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Erik Lamela.

82:21 Booking

Booking Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

82:09

Hand ball by Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur).

81:26 Booking

Booking Neil Taylor (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:14

Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

81:14

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:09

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:09

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

77:04

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

76:43

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Wilfried Bony.

75:57

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

75:53

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benjamin Stambouli.

74:36

Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:36

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

73:16

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City).

73:16

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:25

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.

72:05

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ben Davies.

71:51

Attempt blocked. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

71:09

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Harry Kane.

71:05

Attempt blocked. Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

70:51

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

70:49

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a through ball.

69:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Ashley Richards replaces Angel Rangel.

69:25

Offside, Swansea City. Gerhard Tremmel tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

69:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Benjamin Stambouli replaces Ryan Mason.

67:15

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

66:50

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

65:51

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

64:46

Offside, Swansea City. Angel Rangel tries a through ball, but Kyle Bartley is caught offside.

64:04

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

64:03

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a through ball.

61:33

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

60:20

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

60:18

Attempt blocked. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

59:09

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross following a corner.

58:55

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

58:25

Hand ball by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

57:53

Offside, Swansea City. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

55:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Roberto Soldado.

55:33

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:33

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

54:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Leon Britton.

52:08

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neil Taylor with a cross.

50:34 Booking

Booking Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:26

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City).

50:26

Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

47:28

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a cross.

46:58

Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:58

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:58

Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).

45:58

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Swansea City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Swansea City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

45:00 +1:43

Offside, Swansea City. Ki Sung-Yueng tries a through ball, but Wayne Routledge is caught offside.

45:00 +0:59

Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:59

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

44:41

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:41

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

43:02

Attempt missed. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

42:22

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

42:21

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

40:21 Booking

Booking Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:13

Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:13

Foul by Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur).

36:08

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

36:08

Kyle Bartley (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:35

Attempt missed. Angel Rangel (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

34:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:42

Delay in match Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) because of an injury.

34:08 Booking

Booking Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:22

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

33:22

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:46

Delay in match Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) because of an injury.

27:08

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

27:08

Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:19

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

25:19

Offside, Swansea City. Angel Rangel tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

24:46

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

23:08

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

20:45

Foul by Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur).

20:45

Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:44

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

14:15 Booking

Booking Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

14:09

Hand ball by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

12:46

Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:46

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

8:42

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a through ball.

7:55

Hand ball by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

3:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

3:02

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

2:59

Attempt blocked. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

2:27

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:27

Foul by Jefferson Montero (Swansea City).

1:32

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City).

1:32

Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

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Sunderland 1-1 West Ham United

Sunderland v West Ham

Team badge of Sunderland

Sunderland 1

Jordi Gómez 22′ (pen)

Team badge of West Ham United

West Ham 1

Downing 29′

  • FT 90 +6
  • HT 1-1

Andy Carroll and Lee Cattermole

13 December 2014
Last updated at
17:28



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

West Ham maintained their place in the Premier League’s top four by coming from behind to draw at Sunderland.

They trailed to Jordi Gomez’s penalty, given when Sunderland’s Adam Johnson fell under James Tomkins’ challenge.

That decision angered Hammers boss Sam Allardyce but Stewart Downing levelled from 18 yards via a deflection.

Jozy Altidore’s glaring close-range miss proved crucial for Sunderland, who drop to 15th, and the visitors’ Aaron Creswell had a one-on-one chance saved.

Sunderland have now drawn 10 games from 16 but may take some comfort from the fact their latest point comes against a side enjoying their best start in 31 years.

The West Ham side of 1973-74, boasting players such as Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard Snr, imploded after the turn of the year, but Downing’s equaliser at the Stadium of Light perhaps shows their current team are made of stern stuff.

Goalkeeper Adrian made a stunning late save to deny Connor Wickham, while Winston Reid and Tomkins completed twice the number of clearances made by their opposing central defenders.

Tomkins was furious when his challenge on Johnson was penalised, resulting in Gomez’s coolly-taken spot-kick, and Allardyce berated referee Phil Dowd when the official walked to the touchline to calm the West Ham boss.

He settled, briefly, but punched the air jubilantly moments later when Downing cut in from the right to drive in from 18 yards via a deflection.

Downing, recalled to the England squad after a two-year absence last month, has now scored twice and created three goals in his last six West Ham outings.

His side would have trailed at the interval, though, but for Altidore’s embarrassing miss.

The American striker is yet to score in 10 league outings this season for a Sunderland side who have failed to score in seven of their last 12 outings.

Andy Carroll, who had seven attempts on goal, also fired wide with minutes remaining as West Ham’s three-game winning run ended.

They now go into a Christmas fixture list, which includes meetings with Arsenal and Chelsea, in their highest league position at this stage of the season during the Premier League era.

Jordi Gomez scores

Jordi Gomez shot right from the spot and Adrian dived the wrong way. It was his third goal of the season

Stewart Downing goal

Stewart Downing scored his third goal of the season to level, prompting a jubilant Sam Allardyce celebration

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (3)

Sunderland

  • 01 Pantilimon
  • 27 Vergini
  • 16 O’Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 15 Réveillere
  • 06 Cattermole
  • 11 Johnson (Álvarez – 70′ )
  • 07 Larsson
  • 14 Jordi Gómez Booked
  • 10 Wickham Booked
  • 17 Altidore (Fletcher – 62′ )

Substitutes

  • 04 Bridcutt
  • 08 Rodwell
  • 09 Fletcher
  • 20 Álvarez
  • 22 Coates
  • 25 Mannone
  • 30 Buckley

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 18 Jenkinson
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 02 Reid Booked
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 30 Song
  • 04 Nolan (E Valencia – 81′ )
  • 08 Kouyaté
  • 11 Downing Booked
  • 09 Carroll
  • 15 Sakho

Substitutes

  • 10 Zárate
  • 17 O’Brien
  • 19 Collins
  • 21 Amalfitano
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 24 Cole
  • 31 E Valencia
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 41,694


Match Stats

Possession

57




43

Shots

13




19

On target

4




8

Corners

6




8

Fouls

11




18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 1, West Ham United 1.

90:00 +5:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, West Ham United 1.

90:00 +4:43

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Álvarez.

90:00 +2:08

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:08

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

90:00 +1:31

Foul by Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland).

90:00 +1:31

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:47

Delay in match Andy Carroll (West Ham United) because of an injury.

88:51

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:45

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:45

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

87:19

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

86:19

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

86:19

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:06

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Andy Carroll.

84:37

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Adrián.

84:30

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

83:30

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:30

Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

82:11

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Wes Brown.

82:10

Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Tomkins.

81:52

Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diafra Sakho with a headed pass.

81:15 Booking

Booking Connor Wickham (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:59

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

80:59

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Enner Valencia replaces Kevin Nolan.

79:57 Booking

Booking Stewart Downing (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:43

Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:43

Foul by Stewart Downing (West Ham United).

75:05

Foul by John O’Shea (Sunderland).

75:05

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:27

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:27

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

72:57

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Wickham with a headed pass.

71:28

Attempt missed. Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

69:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ricardo Álvarez replaces Adam Johnson.

68:20

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by John O’Shea.

68:18

Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

66:51

Offside, Sunderland. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

66:34

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:34

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

66:06

Attempt missed. Winston Reid (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

65:38

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

64:56

Attempt missed. Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

63:48

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Diafra Sakho.

61:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Fletcher replaces Jozy Altidore.

61:27

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:27

Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

61:06

Attempt blocked. Alexandre Song (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

59:15

Attempt saved. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

56:11 Booking

Booking Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

55:56

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

55:56

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:45

Attempt blocked. John O’Shea (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

55:41

Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

54:45

Hand ball by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

54:00

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kevin Nolan.

53:54

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross.

53:17

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Alexandre Song.

52:36

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Winston Reid.

52:32

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

51:41

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:41

Foul by Stewart Downing (West Ham United).

50:17

Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

50:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:55

Delay in match Winston Reid (West Ham United) because of an injury.

47:25

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

46:59

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Anthony Réveillere.

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, West Ham United 1.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, West Ham United 1.

45:00 +1:01

Attempt saved. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00 +0:02

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

45:00 +0:02

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:46

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:46

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

40:11

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by John O’Shea.

39:26 Booking

Booking Winston Reid (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

38:15

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:15

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

37:02

Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

36:26

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:26

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

36:23

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diafra Sakho.

33:51

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Stewart Downing.

30:27

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:58

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:58

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

28:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, West Ham United 1. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

27:43

Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a headed pass.

25:00

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:00

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

23:46

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Adam Johnson.

21:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, West Ham United 0. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

20:19

Penalty Sunderland. Adam Johnson draws a foul in the penalty area.

20:19

Penalty conceded by James Tomkins (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

19:06

Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

15:39

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.

14:46

Attempt saved. Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

13:28

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

13:28

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:46

Offside, Sunderland. Anthony Réveillere tries a through ball, but Jordi Gómez is caught offside.

11:25

John O’Shea (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:25

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

10:38

Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:38

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

9:51

Offside, West Ham United. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Aaron Cresswell is caught offside.

9:02

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

7:20

Attempt saved. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Tomkins.

7:10

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

7:10

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:59

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

5:59

Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:38

Attempt saved. Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:02

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

5:02

Alexandre Song (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:45

Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diafra Sakho with a cross.

2:47

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:47

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

0:10

Hand ball by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Arsenal

West Brom v Arsenal

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Welbeck 60′

  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 0-0

Danny Welbeck's second-half header was his third Arsenal goal

29 November 2014
Last updated at
15:12



By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport

  • Welbeck scores his sixth Arsenal goal to earn win
  • Some Gunners fans protest against Wenger
  • West Brom have no goal in over 300 minutes

Arsenal prevented a third straight Premier League loss with victory over a lacklustre West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The Gunners started the fixture with their lowest points tally after 12 games in 32 years but Danny Welbeck’s powerful header moved them fourth.


Welbeck – denied by a Ben Foster save in the first half – powered in Santi Cazorla’s cross after half-time.

West Brom came closest when Saido Berahino headed onto the bar during a late rally but were deservedly beaten.

Their fans have now not seen their side score a league goal in over 300 minutes and chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” when manager Alan Irvine substituted Stephane Sessegnon will do little for confidence.

In Arsenal, the Baggies faced a side under intense scrutiny following their own poor start to the season, but Wenger’s side have at least now followed last weekend’s

defeat by Manchester United

with two wins, including Champions League progress in midweek.

They have reached the latter stages of that competition for 15 straight seasons, but that pattern contrasts the inconsistency which hampers any title challenge and banners calling for Wenger to leave his role were visible among the travelling support.

Arsene Wenger out banner

Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League in 17 straight seasons but some fans want more

His side are 11 points worse off than at this stage last season despite the additions of Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Welbeck – who was shifted out of the central striker’s berth for Olivier Giroud – but produced the game’s decisive moment.

His header – one of 17 Arsenal attempts at goal – arrived after a first-half in which only Foster had been called into action, denying Welbeck from 12 yards.

The West Brom keeper almost turned villain before the break when he presented Giroud – back in the starting XI for the first time since

breaking his leg in August

– with an open goal near the corner flag but the angle proved too acute.


Arsenal looked solid with Laurent Koscielny returning at the heart of defence and with all their wins this season coming against sides in the bottom half, the breakthrough inevitably arrived.

Cazorla was impressive throughout – completing 93% of his passes in the opponents’ half – and he crafted space to dig out a neat cross which Welbeck devoured from eight yards.

Only Berahino, included despite facing questions over

drink driving,

had briefly threatened for the home side and his header from six yards hit the woodwork.

The closing five minutes was the Baggies’ best spell and Craig Gardner whistled a shot from range narrowly wide but Arsenal held on for a fourth win in 12 league games.

Kanu

West Brom’s only home win in 22 against Arsenal came when Kanu scored twice against his old club in 2005

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed to opt for a brief sleep during a timid opening half

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 but some supporters feel his time at the club should come to an end

Danny Welbeck scores

Danny Welbeck now has three league goals for Arsenal since his deadline day move from Manchester United

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Wisdom
  • 25 Dawson
  • 06 Lescott
  • 15 Pocognoli (Gamboa – 75′ Booked )
  • 21 Mulumbu (Anichebe – 65′ )
  • 08 Gardner
  • 17 Dorrans Booked
  • 29 Sessegnon (Samaras – 76′ )
  • 11 Brunt
  • 18 Berahino

Substitutes

  • 04 Baird
  • 09 Ideye
  • 10 Anichebe
  • 13 Myhill
  • 16 Gamboa
  • 23 McAuley
  • 30 Samaras

Arsenal

  • 26 Martinez
  • 21 Chambers
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 18 Monreal (Gibbs – 23′ )
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 20 Flamini
  • 17 Sánchez
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 23 Welbeck
  • 12 Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain – 78′ Booked )

Substitutes

  • 03 Gibbs
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 09 Podolski
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 28 Campbell
  • 39 Bellerin
  • 49 Macey
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 24,228


Match Stats

Possession

48




52

Shots

9




17

On target

1




5

Corners

4




4

Fouls

9




10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +2:30 Booking

Booking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:29

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

90:00 +2:29

Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:19

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right following a fast break.

90:00 +1:54

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.

89:52

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

89:30

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

89:24

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

87:24

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

87:24

Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:00

Delay in match Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) because of an injury.

83:56 Booking

Booking Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:52

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:52

Foul by Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich Albion).

81:52

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Cristian Gamboa.

80:17

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Cristian Gamboa with a cross.

80:08

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe with a headed pass.

77:59

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Olivier Giroud.

77:08

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

77:08

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:39

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

75:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Georgios Samaras replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

74:52

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

74:52

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:17

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

74:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Cristian Gamboa replaces Sébastien Pocognoli because of an injury.

73:21

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

71:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:37

Delay in match Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

69:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:02

Delay in match Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) because of an injury.

68:35

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

67:52

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:52

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

66:02

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

64:50

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

64:50

Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Youssuf Mulumbu.

62:47

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:47

Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).

61:55

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Craig Dawson is caught offside.

61:54

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon following a set piece situation.

61:16

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

61:16

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Arsenal 1. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

59:15

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:15

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

58:47

Attempt missed. Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross following a corner.

58:03

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

57:16

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Flamini.

54:59

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

54:59

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:48

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

53:51

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

52:52

Attempt missed. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Olivier Giroud following a set piece situation.

52:22 Booking

Booking Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:09

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:09

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

51:38

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

51:35

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

49:57

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

47:34

Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

46:35

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:35

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

46:08

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Gardner tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Arsenal 0.

39:07

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino tries a through ball, but Chris Brunt is caught offside.

36:34

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

33:36

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:36

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

30:21

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

28:50

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

26:56

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right.

25:28

Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:28

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

25:08

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a through ball.

24:54

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:28

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

23:28

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Nacho Monreal because of an injury.

20:54

Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Laurent Koscielny is caught offside.

20:03

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

20:03

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:01

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

6:59

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

5:59

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

2:09

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

0:40

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

0:40

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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