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Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United – BBC Sport

Chris Smalling (third from right) has scored in three consecutive Premier League away games, after scoring only once in his previous 101 matches Manchester United’s “professional” 2-0 win at Bournemouth proved the players want to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham, according to manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho made seven changes to his side as United bounced back from Sunday’s surprise home defeat by bottom club West Brom. Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku scored in either half at the Vitality Stadium to give United a four-point lead over…

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Premier League clubs want more evidence on safe standing

Celtic’s safe standing: how does it work? More evidence is needed before safe standing can be allowed at top-flight stadiums, the Premier League has said. Earlier this month, sports minister Tracey Crouch rejected West Brom’s request to trial safe standing. The legislation forbidding it was introduced following the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. “This subject is complex and nuanced and clearly requires more research,” said the Premier League, whose clubs discussed it at a meeting last week. BBC Sport understands that fans numbering in the low thousands have…

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Accrington Stanley: How club made history with League Two promotion

Accrington’s fans have never known a season like the one they are currently having Being one of the smallest teams in the English Football League means nothing to Accrington Stanley, who have enjoyed unprecedented success this season and will reach new heights next term. It has been a season to remember – victory against Lancashire rivals Preston in the Carabao Cup, striker Billy Kee being named League Two player of the season and now promotion to League One for the first time in the club’s history courtesy of Tuesday’s win…

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Rochdale 0-0 Oldham Athletic – BBC Sport

Joe Rafferty’s penalty was saved by Johny Placide A fan had to be restrained by players after coming on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee in Rochdale’s goalless League One draw against neighbours Oldham. The supporter charged towards official Peter Bankes after he awarded a first-half penalty to hosts Rochdale, before being led away by Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard and stewards. But visiting goalkeeper Johny Placide saved Joe Rafferty’s spot-kick after Gerrard, cousin of ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, brought down Joe Thompson in the box. “I saw the…

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero reveals keyhole surgery on knee

Aguero has scored 30 goals this season and 199 for Man City in total Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has undergone keyhole surgery on his left knee. The Argentine, 29, has been troubled by the problem for the past five weeks and missed Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham. “Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee. Fully motivated to get back soon to the field,” Aguero wrote on Twitter. No timescale for his recovery has been given but, with City already crowned Premier League champions, the World Cup will be his…

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Alleged racist chanting during Russia v France to be investigated by Fifa

France beat Russia 3-1 thanks to Kylian Mbappe & Paul Pogba goals Fifa has started “disciplinary proceedings” against the Russian Football Union for alleged racist chanting aimed at French players when the two countries played in March. Russia, who will host the 2018 World Cup this summer, lost the home friendly 3-1 in St Petersburg. France’s goals came from striker Kylian Mbappe, who scored twice, and midfielder Paul Pogba. Fifa added it had “no further comment at this stage”. Source link

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Chris Sutton: Joe Hart shouldn’t go to the World Cup

Joe Hart watches as Peter Crouch pokes the ball home following a fumble from the England goalkeeper Goalkeeper Joe Hart should not go to the World Cup with England, says former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton. West Ham keeper Hart’s fumble allowed Peter Crouch to score in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke before substitute Andy Carroll volleyed a last-minute equaliser for the Hammers. “There are three better goalkeepers than him,” said Sutton. Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope are all battling for a place in the squad alongside Hart. Sutton…

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Premier League stats: When will Liverpool stop scoring?

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored 82 Liverpool goals this season Mohamed Salah broke yet another record on Saturday, when he scored his 30th league goal to help Liverpool to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. He is just the eighth player to reach that landmark in a Premier League season and the first African to do so – eclipsing then Chelsea striker Didier Drogba’s record of 29 in 2009-10. More significantly, his tally in all competitions this season is now 40 – a figure only two…

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Man City win Premier League as Man Utd lose to West Brom

So Pep, how are you feeling right now? Manchester City won the Premier League title as Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat by West Brom confirmed their rivals as champions. Second-place United are now 16 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with only five games left to play. It is City’s third title in seven seasons and a fifth top-flight crown – their first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge. They have dominated the title race, scoring 93 goals and losing just twice. The Premier League title is…

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